Dr Ximian Xu’s essay among six winning entries of Stanford University’s AI100 Early Career Essay Competition

Dr Ximian Xu has been announced as one of six winning essays in the One Hundred Year Study of Artificial Intelligence (AI100) Early Career Essay Competition

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Dr Ximian Xu

AI100 launched an essay competition to hear directly from the next generation of AI scholars as a way of laying the groundwork for the next report. Researchers from 18 countries answered the call, offering intriguing perspectives on AI and its impacts on society.

In addition to the winner of the competition, AI100 selected a collection of five essays that thoughtfully consider AI at the intersection of morality, regulation, love, labor, and religion. Dr Xu’s essay ‘Reconsidering Interaction Between AI and Religion According to the AI100 Reports’ was nominated as one of these winning essays.

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Dr Ximian Xu

Ximian Xu (preferred name: Simeon) came to the University of Edinburgh to study theology in 2013. Before that, he was awarded Bachelor of Engineering in China and Master of International Trade and Commerce Law in Australia. Ximian completed Master of Divinity (First Class Honour), Master of Theology (Distinction), and PhD in systematic theology in, respectively, 2013, 2016 and 2020.

Simeon has published several articles on Herman Bavinck, Karl Barth, contextual theology. He is currently working on theological engagement with ethics of artificial intelligence. He is the founding editor of Studies in Dutch Neo-Calvinism Series (Chinese).

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The One Hundred Year Study of Artificial Intelligence (AI100) is a longitudinal study to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. It is administered out of Stanford University and managed by a Standing Committee of AI experts from institutions around the world, chaired by Vincent Conitzer at Carnegie Mellon University. The 2021 AI100 Report was written by a panel of 17 study authors, each of whom is deeply rooted in AI research, chaired by Michael Littman of Brown University.

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