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Seth Pate

PhD Student


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  • MA in Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • BA in History & Political Science, Arizona State University

About Me

  • Hometown: United States
  • Field of Study: Artificial Intelligence
  • PhD Advisor: Lawson Wong


Bio coming soon.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I began the master’s in computer science at Northeastern in 2018, then moved into the PhD program in 2020.

What are your research interests?

I’d like to build machines that help humans achieve their goals–most goals, anyway. Right now, that means helping robots to understand and speak our language.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

Computers are everywhere, so they’re pretty easy to overlook. The invention of the computer, though, is probably more significant for our society than spoken and written language combined. Most people would be surprised by what might be possible in thirty or forty years–unless they read enough science fiction.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

Computers are a significant invention, but not necessarily a good one (the atomic bomb was pretty significant, too.) If we get them right, they’ll help us live more satisfying and interesting lives. If we get them wrong, they’ll help us ruin each other and ourselves. I’d like to work on getting them right.