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Faculty of Information Announcements to Media

Silicon Valley philanthropist makes record-breaking gift to Faculty of Information to fund AI Chair

(September 19, 2018) Reid Hoffman has made a gift of C$2.45 million to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information to establish a chair to study how the new era of artificial intelligence (AI) will affect our lives.

As co-founder of LinkedIn and a partner at Greylock—an influential venture capital firm—Hoffman is widely respected as one of Silicon Valley’s most visionary and innovative leaders.

With its focus on AI, the Chair reflects Hoffman’s longstanding interest in cognitive science and philosophy, and his abiding fascination with questions about what artificial intelligence will mean for humanity. (Read more)

Associate Professor Sara Grimes named KMDI Director

(June 14, 2018) Dean Wendy Duff is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Grimes as Director of
the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), an interdisciplinary unit of
the Faculty of Information. The appointment is effective July 1, 2018.

In addition to this Directorship, Sara is Associate Professor in the Faculty of
Information and Fellow in Book and Media Studies at the University of St.
Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. (Read more)