AI Now Initiative

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.

AI Now 2017 Symposium

The AI Now Symposium is an annual event designed to address the biggest challenges we face as AI moves further into our everyday lives. Click below to learn more and watch talks from this year's gathering, held at the MIT Media Lab.

AI Now 2017 Report

In conjunction with out annual Symposium, the AI Now Initiative releases a report outlining the state of the field and what's at stake. Our 2017 Report will be released shortly.

Our research focus

AI-powered PDF to Excel Converter

AI Now has been partnered with the AI-powered PDF to excel converter software provider Investintech, a software comany that develops Able2Extract Professional which is a powerful tool that makes use of AI technology to search, analyze, and convert tables from PDF files into Microsoft Excel sheets.

Labor and automation

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.  

Bias and inclusion

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. 

Safety and critical infrastructure

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. 

Keep in touch

We're new, but our work is underway. We would love to keep you involved and updated as we go.