AI Now | 2016 Symposium

July 7th, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

The 2016 AI Now Symposium on the Social and Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence Technologies was the first annual AI Now symposium, co-hosted by AI Now, NYU, and the Obama White House's Office of Science and Technology. The event was part of the White House's Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which convened four separate workshops exploring AI's future impacts. To explore the social and economic implications, AI Now 2016 gathered 100 leading experts on looking at AI's effect on inequality, labor, health, and ethics. These experts spent a day in closed-door talks and discussion, then joined an evening program open to the public.


Summary report and recommendations

Here we offer a summary of AI Now, reviewing its core themes and key insights, and offering high-level recommendations for stakeholders engaged in the production, use, governance, and assessment of AI in the near-term.

Topic Primers

These primers were distributed to attendees of the AI Now Expert Workshop before the event. They were created to provide thorough overviews of the opportunities and issues posed by the introduction of AI across AI Now's four focus areas.

Talks

Experts Workshop

  • Machine Learning and Healthcare: Risks and Rewards

    Jennifer Chayes

  • The Labor that Makes AI "Magic"

    Lilly Irani

  • Sites of Deliberation

    Paul Dourish

  • AI Now Overview and Introduction

    Kate Crawford, Ed Felten, Meredith Whittaker

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Public Symposium

  • Opening Remarks from the White House

    Ed Felten

  • Three Questions for Three Tech Leaders

    Julia Angwin, Cynthia Braezeal, Genevieve Bell, Yann LeCunn

  • Is This Time Different? The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence

    Jason Furman

  • Plenary Panel: Inequality, Labor, Health, and Ethics in AI

    Henry Siu, Alondra Nelson, Latanya Sweeney, Lucy Suchman, Mustafa Suleyman

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Attendees and Speakers

All attendees and speakers

Program

  • AI Now Overview and Introduction

    Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now Co-Chairs.

    Followed by Ed Felten, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

    Speakers:

    • Kate Crawford Co-Founder, AI Now Initiative
    • Ed Felten U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, The White House
    • Meredith Whittaker Co-founder, AI Now Initiative
  • Is This Time Different? The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence

    Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

    Speakers:

    • Jason Furman Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
  • Lightning Talks - Inequality and Labor

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

    • The Great Decoupling - Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; Schussel Family Professor, MIT-Sloan, MIT
    • Uncovering Machine Bias - Julia Angwin, Senior Reporter, Pro Publica
    • The Labor that Makes AI "Magic" - Lilly Irani, Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego
    • Is This Time Different? Race, Labor, and AI - Dorian Warren, Fellow, Roosevelt Institute
    • Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction - Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Bending the Gig Economy Toward Equity - Dawn Gearhart, Association Policy Coordinator, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 117
    • Who Gets to Think About AI? - Darius Kazemi, Artist /Co-Founder, Feel Train
  • Coffee & Snack Break

  • Lightning Talks - Health and Ethics

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

    • Machining Ethics - Ryan Calo, Professor of Law at the University of Washington
    • Elevating the Human Condition Through a New Partnership Between People and Machines - Guru Banavar, VP of Cognitive Computing, IBM Research
    • Machine Learning and Healthcare: Risks and Rewards - Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist, Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City
    • Sites of Deliberation - Paul Dourish, Chancellor's Professor, UC Irvine
    • Complementary vs. Substitutive Automation in Healthcare - Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland
    • We, The [Classified] - Jer Thorp, Co-Founder, Office for Creative Research
  • 4.30: Doors open

  • 5.30: Welcome

    Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, Housing and Economic Development, New York City

  • Introduction

    Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now Co-Chairs

  • Opening Remarks from the White House

    Address from Ed Felten, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

    Speakers:

    • Ed Felten U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, The White House
  • In Conversation with the White House, Past and Present

    • David Edelman, Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy
    • Roy L. Austin, Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, White House Domestic Policy Council
    • Nicole Wong, Former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for The White House
    • Kate Crawford (chair)

    Speakers:

    • R. David Edelman Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy, National Economic Council (NEC)
    • Kate Crawford Co-Founder, AI Now Initiative
    • Nicole Wong Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group
    • Roy L. Austin, Jr. Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice & Opportunity, The White House
  • Three Questions for Three Tech Leaders

    A rapid fire question and answer session with:

    • Genevieve Bell(Intel)
    • Cynthia Breazeal(Jibo)
    • Yann LeCun (Facebook)
    • Julia Angwin, Senior Reporter, ProPublica (Chair)

    Speakers:

    • Julia Angwin Senior Reporter, ProPublica
    • Cynthia Braezeal Founder + Chief Scientist/ Assoc. Professor Media Arts and Sciences, Jibo/ MIT Media Lab
    • Genevieve Bell Professor, Engineering & Computer Science, Australian National University
    • Yann LeCunn Director of AI research, Facebook
  • Plenary Panel: Inequality, Labor, Health, and Ethics in AI

    An expert panel discussing the implications of AI technologies

    • Henry Siu, Associate Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia
    • >Lucy Suchman, Professor, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Lancaster University
    • Mustafa Suleyman, Co-founder of Google DeepMind, Director of DeepMind Health.
    • Latanya Sweeney, Professor of Government and Technology, Harvard.
    • Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science, Columbia University (Chair)

    Speakers:

    • Henry Siu Associate Professor of Economics, Vancouver School of Economics - University of British Columbia
    • Alondra Nelson Dean of Social Science, Columbia University
    • Latanya Sweeney Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Harvard University
    • Lucy Suchman Professor, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Lancaster University, UK
    • Mustafa Suleyman Co-founder and Head of Applied Artificial Intelligence, Google DeepMind
  • Audience Q&A

    Attendees are invited to pose questions to panelists using our hashtag on twitter: #AINow.

  • 8.00: Event ends