AI Now | 2017 Symposium

July 10th, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

The AI Now Symposium is an annual event designed to address the biggest challenges we face as AI moves further into our everyday lives. The 2017 Symposium brought together over 100 leading experts from industry, academia, civil society, and government to share ideas for technical design, research and policy directions. Discussions this year focused on the application of AI in the near-term across four key themes: Rights and Liberties, Labor and Automation, Bias and Inclusion, and Safety and Ethics.

These experts spent a day in closed-door talks and discussion, then joined an evening program that was free and open to the public. Below you can find themed lightning talks and panel Q&As with our speakers.

The Symposium is hosted by the AI Now Initiative with generous support in 2017 from the AI Ethics and Governance Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the MIT Media Lab.

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Talks

Experts Workshop

  • Policing Digital Traces

    Sarah Brayne

  • The Data is Always Lying: How to Distinguish Insight From Snake Oil

    Patrick Ball

  • Ethics and Governance - Q&A

    Simone Browne, Trevor Paglen, Rob Sparrow, Kate Darling, Molly Wright Steenson

  • Labor and Automation - Q&A

    Karen Levy, Andy Stern, Jonathan Sterne, Stephanie Dick

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Public Symposium

  • What's At Stake?

    Kate Crawford, Meredith Whittaker

  • Welcome

    Joichi Ito

  • Labor and Automation - Q&A

    Karen Levy, Andy Stern, Jonathan Sterne, Stephanie Dick

  • Governance Gaps Under Trump

    Nicole Wong, Vanita Gupta, Julie Brill, Terrell McSweeny

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Attendees and Speakers

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    George Bemis Professor of International Law

    Harvard Law School

  • Solon Barocas

    Assistant Professor

    Cornell University

  • Joy Buolamwini

    Founder

    Algorithmic Justice League - MIT Media Lab

  • Urs Gasser

    Professor of Practice / Executive Director

    Harvard Law School / Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

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Program

  • Welcome and Overview

    With a pre-introduction

    Speakers:

    • Kate Crawford Co-Founder, AI Now Initiative
    • Meredith Whittaker Co-founder, AI Now Initiative
  • Bias and Inclusion - Lightning Talks

    A series of short thought-starters, focusing both on critical analysis of AI’s impacts and exploring AI’s current deployments and uses.

    • Limited Vision: The Undersampled Majority - Joy Buolamwini
    • Biases Beyond Observation - Moritz Hardt
    • What is the Problem to Which Fair Machine Learning is the Solution? - Solon Barocas
    • Thinking A.I. through Rastus Robot, the Westinghouse Mechanical Slave - Simone Browne
  • Bias and Inclusion - Q&A

    A brief Q&A with the speakers.

    Speakers:

    • Solon Barocas Assistant Professor of Information Science, Cornell University
    • Joy Buolamwini Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, MIT Media Lab
    • Moritz Hardt Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
    • Simone Browne Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Labor and Automation - Lightning Talks

    • Change is Inevitable: It's Progress That's Optional - Andy Stern
    • Working With and Against AI - Karen Levy
    • Automating Musical Judgment: The Case of Mastering - Jonathan Sterne
    • Remaking Reasoning: Logics, Labor, and Automation - Stephanie Dick
  • Labor and Automation - Q&A

    Talks will be followed by a brief Q&A with the speakers.

    Speakers:

    • Karen Levy Assistant Professor, Cornell University
    • Andy Stern Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project and President Emeritus, SEIU
    • Jonathan Sterne James McGill Professor of Culture and Technology, McGill University
    • Stephanie Dick Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Coffee and Snack Break

  • Rights and Liberties - Lightning Talks

    • olicing Digital Traces - Sarah Brayne
    • The Data is Always Lying: How to Distinguish Insight From Snake Oil - Patrick Ball
    • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - Ryan Calo
    • Statistics for Social Good - Lester Mackey
    • Data Colonialism - Nathaniel Raymond
  • Rights and Liberties - Q&A

    Talks will be followed by a brief Q&A with the speakers.

    Speakers:

    • Patrick Ball Director of Research, Human Rights Data Analysis Group
    • Ryan Calo Co-Founder, University of Washington Tech Policy Lab
    • Sarah Brayne Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
    • Lester Mackey Machine Learning Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
    • Nathaniel Raymond Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Ethics and Governance - Lightning Talks

    • What We Know About AI - Molly Wright Steenson
    • AI and Public Perception - Kate Darling
    • From Machine Ethics to Politics - Rob Sparrow
    • Invisible Images: Ethics of Autonomous Vision Systems - Trevor Paglen
  • Ethics and Governance - Q&A

    Talks will be followed by a brief q&a with the speakers.

    Speakers:

    • Simone Browne Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
    • Trevor Paglen Artist
    • Rob Sparrow Professor of Philosophy, Monash University
    • Kate Darling Research Specialist, MIT Media Lab
    • Molly Wright Steenson Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lunch

    Lunch will be provided in the Winter Garden room on the 6th floor.

  • Group Discussion

    Moderated by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker

  • Wrap-Up

    A synthesis of our learnings from the day along with some updates on what’s next.

  • Welcome

    Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

    Speakers:

    • Joichi Ito Director, MIT Media Lab
  • What's At Stake?

    What's at stake?

    Speakers:

    • Kate Crawford Co-Founder, AI Now Initiative
    • Meredith Whittaker Co-founder, 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.

    Speakers:

    • Solon Barocas Assistant Professor of Information Science, Cornell University
    • Arvind Narayanan Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Princeton
    • Deirdre Mulligan Associate Professor, School of Information and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at UC Berkeley
    • John Wilbanks Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks
    • Cathy O'Neil Founder, ORCAA
  • 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?

    Speakers:

    • 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).

    Short plenary talks:

    • Blaise Agüera Y Arcas
    • Ben Wizner
    • Sendhil Mullainathan
    • Genevieve Bell

    Speakers:

    • Ben Wizner Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
    • Genevieve Bell Professor, Engineering & Computer Science, Australian National University
    • Blaise Aguera y Arcas Machine Intelligence, Google
    • Sendhil Mullainathan Robert C. Waggoner Professor, Harvard University
    • Danielle Citron Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law
  • Closing Remarks

    Closing Remarks

    Speakers:

    • Kate Crawford Co-Founder, AI Now Initiative
    • Meredith Whittaker Co-founder, AI Now Initiative

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.