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College of Arts and Sciences

Adam Masters

Class of 2020

 Adam Masters

Hometown: Evanston, Illinois

What is your College Scholar project?
My college scholar aims to analyze and understand the socioeconomic impacts of emerging technologies, specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI. From issues of job displacement, personal privacy, and moral dilemmas around the limits of AI, this rapidly growing disciplines soon to disrupt all of our daily lives. Creating these systems ourselves attaches immense pressure to our policy makers and computer scientists to build systems that uphold the values and laws of our society while also advancing on economic and social issues our society faces. Using a combination of computer sciences, information science, economics, sociology, and philosophy I will look to understand the direction of the AI field and the necessary precautions and limits we should put on these systems to uphold these ideals. Soon, these systems will be out of the control of humans, and I aim to begin to formulate ways to safely create and distribute AI in conjunction with our moral and ethical values.

What are your most important extra-curricular activities?
My most important extracurricular for me has been soccer. For the past two season, I have been a member of Cornell’s varsity soccer team. This experience has pushed me both as an athlete but also as a teammate where I have built relationships that will last. While I have recently stepped away from the team, the soccer community is something I will always feel connected to the values the sport has taught me will stay with me forever. Additionally, my involvement in the professional fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon has provided me a network of both impressive professionals and great friends. This is a group that looks to support one another in any way possible both professionally and in everyday life, and that is why I enjoy it so much.

Talk about any summer internships or programs you’ve attended?
I spent the last summer as an e-commerce intern at Crate and Barrel’s corporate office. Here, I had responsibilities working with technologies that were present in physical brick and mortar stores. This included everything from digital displays to the tablets all sales representatives carry with them. This experience began to give me an appreciation of how technology is and can disrupt the consumer world, and inspired my interest in gaining a better understanding of how future technologies will continue to impact our society and what we can do to make sure that happens in a safe and responsible way.

What do you dream of doing after graduation?
My dream after graduation would be to start my own technology company. If I knew what that company would be, I would probably be doing that right now, but I have a passion both from entrepreneurship and technology and I will look to expand on those interests as much as I can.