The gift will establish the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics and Computational Technologies, which will support efforts to further scientific and scholarly research and education related to the ethical and policy issues arising from advances in artificial intelligence and other computational technologies. The fund also will support the creation of new faculty positions and doctoral fellowships, as well as a biennial conference.
In addition, the gift will endow two funds for undergraduate students: the K&L Gates Presidential Scholarship Fund, which will recognize students' outstanding achievements and potential for further excellence; and an annual K&L Gates Prize, to be awarded at commencement to the graduating CMU senior who has best inspired his or her fellow students to embrace a love of learning through a combination of intellect, scholarly achievement, character, and engagement with others.
"We are deeply grateful to K&L Gates for this generous support," said Carnegie Mellon president Subra Suresh. "It is not just technology that will determine how this century unfolds. Our future will also be influenced strongly by how humans interact with technology, how we foresee and respond to the unintended consequences of our work, and how we ensure that technology is used to benefit humanity, individually and as a society."