At BlackRock’s West Coast AI lab

The firm is handing its ‘most vexing problems’ to artificial intelligence

BlackRock’s Jody Kochansky: “The moment you’re done, the world changes”

Somewhere in the dry heat city of Palo Alto, Stephen Boyd is running an artificial intelligence (AI) lab financed by the world’s largest asset manager. Boyd, who also runs the electrical engineering department at Stanford, has been an adviser to BlackRock’s systematic active equity team for many years.

BlackRock is tight-lipped, but enthusiastic about the experiments cooking in the laboratory.

“At the lab, they’re taking a fresh perspective, separate from the day-to-day workflow,” says Jody

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