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Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also vice dean for library and information resources at the Harvard Law School Library and co-founder and faculty director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund aims to support global efforts to “[advance] the development of ethical AI in the public interest,” and specifically in areas of education and applied research. Kicked off by tech heavyweights and other philanthropists, the fund has raised $27 million to date but is looking to grow, and has already partnered with researchers at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society the MIT Media Lab, two of the nation’s top institutions for the study of AI.
It’s not the only partnership of this type: In January, the MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University announced the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will use $27 million to fund work that “advances the development of ethical AI in the public interest.” The White House also released two reports at the end of 2016 exploring AI’s impact on the workforce, and the role of government in its development and implementation.
The researchers are well credentialed. According to her bio, Mary L. Gray is a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She is also a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, New England, and maintains a faculty position at Indiana University. Siddharth Suri is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, New York City.
Rather than being at the behest of tech giants, the newly formed Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund – headed up by Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and the MIT Media Lab – will pool together the collective insights of social scientists, ethicists, philosophers, faith leaders, economists, lawyers, and policymakers.
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the MIT Media Lab will serve as the founding anchor institutions for a new initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the humanities, the social sciences, and computing by addressing the global challenges of artificial intelligence from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Awards will be made from the fund to support a global cross-section of research aimed at applying the humanities, social sciences and other disciplines to the development of AI for the public interest. The MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society will serve as the initiative’s founding academic institutions.