The rapidly growing capabilities and increasing presence of AI-based systems in our lives is raising pressing questions about the impact, governance, ethics, and accountability of these technologies around the world. How can we narrow the knowledge gap between AI “experts” and the rest of us? How do we ensure that AI systems serve the public good rather than exacerbate existing inequalities and biases?
Together, the Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab have launched the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative aimed at bolstering the use of AI for the public good through evidence-based research that provides guidance for decision-makers across the private and public sectors; fostering a network of interdisciplinary researchers focused on AI ethics and governance-related issues; and strengthening relationships between industry, academia, civil society, and government.
Our work is currently focused on three areas:
1. Autonomy and the State: Governments play an increasing role as both consumer and regulator of automated technologies. How AI is straining our notions of human autonomy, due process, and justice?
2. Autonomy and the Platform: How are automated technologies on social and media platforms impacting civic life and reshaping democratic norms?
3. The University — A Countervailing Force: What community-building and educational efforts can we design to preserve human autonomy in an increasingly automated world?