AI Now | 2017 Symposium

Addressing the social impacts of artificial intelligence now to ensure a more equitable future

July 10, 2017 // 5:30-8:30pm
MIT Media Lab // 75 Amherst St, 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA

Hosted by the AI Now Initiative
With support from the AI Ethics and Governance Fund and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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The AI Now Symposium is designed to address the biggest challenges we face as AI moves further into our everyday lives. Leaders from industry, academia, civil society, and government will share ideas for technical design, research and policy directions.

This event is free and open to the public; it will also be live streamed on our website. Learn more about our program and speaker line-up below.


  • Welcome

    Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

  • AI Now: What's at Stake?

    Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, Co-Founders of the AI Now Initiative

  • Bias Traps in AI

    A panel discussing how we understand bias in AI systems, highlighting the latest research insights and why issues of bias matter in concrete ways to real people.


  • Governance Gaps Under Trump

    Trump is in power and Brexit is official. This panel explores how the policy landscape has changed for AI. What are the biggest challenges in these politically uncertain times?


    • Nicole Wong Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group
    • Vanita Gupta President & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights former head of the USDOJ Civil Rights Division
    • Julie Brill Former Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission
    • Terrell McSweeny Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Rights and Liberties in an Automated World

    AI systems are already making decisions that fundamentally impact rights and liberties, from healthcare to criminal justice to labor to education and much more. How can we preserve these core values in a time of rapidly increasing automation? We will explore this question in a series of short plenary talks, followed by moderated discussion with a brief audience Q&A (questions submitted and selected via Twitter).


  • Closing Remarks

2016 Archive

Speakers at the 2016 AI Now Symposium

Peruse our archive of video, topic draft reports, and more from the AI Now | 2016 Symposium, which AI Now co-hosted with NYU and the Obama White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.