Google’s Cambridge office to study AI-human connections

Comments Print Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Google’s office in Kendall Square. Google is launching an initiative based in its Cambridge office to study how humans interact with artificial intelligence, taking on the practicalities of questions that just a few years ago might have been purely philosophical. The People + AI Research initiative , announced Monday, will examine what professionals like doctors, farmers, and musicians might need from AI design; study the ways engineers build machine learning systems; and look for ways to make the technology more inclusive. Google said the initiative will be carried out with its existing staff in Cambridge. It is being led by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas, senior staff scientists at Google Brain, the company’s research unit for artificial intelligence. It will also work with outside researchers, including Brendan Meade, a professor of earth and planetary science at Harvard University, and Hal Abelson, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andy Rosen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.

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