洪小文博士在卡内基·梅隆大学 2019 毕业典礼上的演讲
Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Congratulation Remarks to School of Computer Science Graduates, May 2019
Thank you, Dean Tom Mitchell, for the kind introduction. It is my honor to speak today, especially meaningful to me as I not only became an alum 27 years ago, but my daughter also graduated from CMU today!
Today I would like to share three things I knew when I graduated from CMU in 1992, and three things I have learned since then.
First, CMU’s great reputation and faculty are world class. You obviously made the right choice, you stick with it and you made it and today you all earn your degrees, congratulations!
I also knew that computer science would make a great impact on the world, so all of you will start your career strong.
The third thing I learned was the great network of people at CMU, starting with my beloved advisor Prof. Raj Reddy who has always been there whenever I need help all throughout my career. On behalf of SCS students, I would like to give a big salute to all School of Computer Science faculty.
I would also like to share a little secret of myself today, in almost all of my professional career thus far, 25 out of 27 years, all my direct managers are either CMU alumni or faculties.
Three new things I have learned since graduating from CMU:
Marvel of the human mind
Having worked in AI for over 35 years now, I have learned to marvel more the brilliance of human intelligence. We must remember that every advance in artificial intelligence came from human ingenuity and invention.
Human's creativity to invent a new algorithm remains beyond the reach of computers. In addition, the ability to understand the world, to empathize with fellow human beings truly make us human.
I have learned how vital it is to learn about the liberal arts and maintain a human-centered view. The creativity found in liberal arts often complement to the innovation science and technology is seeking. Thus, we shall understand that in pursuit of computer science, one must also broaden one's knowledge and learn about economics, social science, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and other liberal arts subjects.
The second thing I have learned since graduating from CMU is to consider the impact of technology.
Although technology has made a great impact on the world, recently there has been a lot of discussion on the negative side of technology, including privacy invasion, the impact of fake news on our society, and the potential impact of AI on employment.
While we strive toward solving technical challenges and advancing the state of the art, we must engage other domain experts and society at large. As John Donne wrote in 1624, “No Man Is an Island, Entire of itself”. We live in a global community and we must carry out our profession with frequent and thoughtful reflection on the impact of our work. In the end, any technology created by us will reflect the values we hold.
The third thing I have learned is the responsibility, the privilege, and most importantly, the joy of giving back. The old adage that is better to give than receive will be further reinforced the more you practice it.
Bill Gates has been a great role model in giving back to society. I am fortunate to get to know him and be inspired by him while working in the company he founded for 24 years. I am delighted to play a small role in constructing the Gates-Hillman center, now the home of the School of Computer Science. When you become successful and start giving to organizations you believe in, please include our beloved Alma Mater, CMU School of Computer Science!
Once again, congratulations, School of Computer Science class of 2019! Thank you!