The future of AI: How Wharton is leading the charge

The AI at Wharton Initiative and AI in Focus podcast series highlight the evolving and growing role of artificial intelligence in all areas of life, with Wharton as a global focal point for its study.

The Wharton School has long been considered a pioneer on the subject of artificial intelligence (AI), and the latest efforts show how the institution is leading the way by exploring how using AI tools can solve business problems.

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“Wharton students, faculty, and business leaders will advance the analysis of AI technologies by exploring the connections of human behavior and AI systems and their impact on society, to emerge as tomorrow’s AI experts,” says Wharton School dean Erika James.

By applying new principles in AI, Wharton faculty are affecting business practice and scholarly research. Ethan Mollick, academic director of Wharton Interactive and associate professor of management, teaches classes on machine learning for business decisions and A/B testing simulation. His forward thinking on the latest developments in ChatGPT and other generative AI tools aim to transform educators and the workforce.

“Generative AI fundamentally is going to be a shift in how we work and how we interact at a level that’s as big as anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” says Mollick.

In line with Wharton’s research reputation, the new AI at Wharton (AIW) initiative is also broadening the scope of the School’s AI ambitions to not only the study of how AI is leveraged in business applications, but also how AI advancements are transforming society as a whole.

Additionally, the new 10-part podcast series, AI in Focus, hosted by Eric Bradlow, vice dean of Analytics at Wharton, discusses a range of business domains—from health care and neuroscience to sports and the auto industry—and offers invaluable takeaways on how AI will impact these fields moving forward. 

Read more at Wharton Stories.