Researching the social impacts of artificial intelligence now to ensure a more equitable future
Led by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now is a New York-based research initiative working across disciplines to understand the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence.
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The AI Now Symposium is an annual event designed to address the biggest challenges we face as AI moves further into our everyday lives.
As AI systems are employed in criminal justice, law enforcement, housing, hiring, lending, and many other domains, they have the potential to impact basic rights and liberties in profound ways. AI Now is partnering with the ACLU and other stakeholders to better understand and address these impacts.
Automation and early AI systems are already changing the nature of employment, and the type of jobs and working conditions available across the world. AI Now works with social scientists, economists, labor organizers and others to better understand AI's impact on work, examining who benefits and who bears the cost of these rapid changes.
Data reflects the social and political conditions in which it is collected. AI is only able to "see" what is in the data it's given. This, along with many other factors, can lead to biased and unfair outcomes. AI Now researches and measures the nature of such bias, how bias is defined and by whom, and the impact of such bias on diverse populations.
As AI is introduced into our core infrastructures, like hospitals and power grids, the risks posed by errors and blindspots are very high. AI Now studies the way in which AI is being applied within these infrastructures, and works to develop approaches for safe and responsible AI integration and use.
We're new, but our work is underway. We would love to keep you involved and updated as we go.