Community and Capacity Building

The Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab teams are leveraging their partnership to create a robust community focused on the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence – a common “roof,” in the form of various programs and forums, that brings together current and future thought-leaders from academia, civil society, and industry. Specific initiatives include:

  • Assembly: AI Assembly combines different modes of education, collaboration, and development to work towards solving some of the tough problems at the intersection of AI and governance, bridging an important gap between the academic environment, where questions of social impact, ethics, and governance of AI are debated, and the realm of industry, where such technologies are designed, developed, and implemented. Building upon the successful 2016 pilot of the Assembly, which combined three weeks of rigorous education with a twelve-week action-oriented development period, our second program is bringing together high-level developers and experts from the public and private sectors for a collaborative development sprint around a defined AI challenge.

  • Core Events: The Berkman Klein Center and the Media Lab lead and contribute to core events with the goal of forming new and strengthening existing connections across disciplines, communities, and geographies.

Global AI Dialogue China-U.S. Working Meeting (December 2, 2017): This working meeting, hosted by the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and the MIT Media Lab’s Ethics Initiative, established a cross-cultural, international dialogue about AI’s global social impact, with a focus on impact metrics and measuring the effects of AI-based technologies on the economy as well as individual and societal well-being.

Learn More: TBA

Global AI and Inclusion Symposium (November 8-10, 2017): Global AI and Inclusion Symposium (November 8-10, 2017): This event, co-hosted on behalf of the global Network of Internet & Society Centers (NoC) by the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and the Berkman Klein Center, brought together representatives from NoC Centers around the globe, as well as invited guests and collaborators from advocacy, philanthropy, media, policy, and industry to address both the opportunities and challenges presented by AI-based technologies through the lens of inclusion. The goals of the event are to deepen our shared understanding of AI and inclusion opportunities and challenges; to identify and discuss areas for research, education, and action; and to inform and incubate new projects and other joint efforts among NoC participants and collaborators.

Learn More: Global AI and Inclusion Symposium Webpage, “Charting a Roadmap to Ensure AI Benefits All

AI Now Symposium (July 10, 2017): This symposium, hosted by AI Now in Cambridge, MA, was designed to draw attention to the near-term stakes and emerging uses of AI systems with the goal of pursuing socially beneficial AI for the future.

Learn More: AI Now 2017 Symposium Webpage

Overviews of other selected past events:

AI Global Dialogue Series: Seoul Workshop (June 23, 2017)

AI Advance (May 15, 2017)

Last updated

December 22, 2017