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Exam: No Exam This course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the development and deployment of the opaque complex adaptive systems that are increasingly in public and private use.

The course will meet at MIT and will entail a diverse array of learning and teaching methods, and students will be expected to participate in a variety of activities that will involve interaction with Berkman Klein Center and Media Lab fellows.

MIT Media Lab to participate in $27 million initiative on AI ethics and governance

The MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University 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 (AI) from a multidisciplinary perspective.

How can we best initiate a broader, in-depth discussion about how society will co-evolve with this technology, and connect computer science and social sciences to develop intelligent machines that are not only ‘smart,’ but also socially responsible?” What makes this new initiative different and necessary is that it’s aimed at transcending barriers and breaking down silos among disciplines.

The fund will also oversee an AI fellowship program, identify and provide support for collaborative projects, build networks out of the people and organizations currently working to steer AI in directions that help society, and also convene a “brain trust” of experts in the field.

This research will include questions that address society’s ethical expectations of AI, using machine learning to learn ethical and legal norms from data, and using data-driven techniques to quantify the potential impact of AI, for example, on the labor market.

technologists, engineers, the public, ethicists, cognitive scientists, economists, legal scholars, anthropologists, faith leaders, government regulators — everyone crucial to protecting the public interest.” 'Artificial Intelligence provides the potential for deeply personalized learning experiences for people of all ages and stages,' says Breazeal, who emphasizes the need for AI to reach people in developing nations and underserved populations.

And, it is currently collaborating with the Media Lab on the “Assembly” program, which gathers high-level developers and tech industry professionals for a rigorous three-week course at Harvard University, followed by a 12-week collaborative development period to explore difficult problems in cybersecurity.

A lot of our work in this area will be to identify and cultivate technologies and practices that promote human autonomy and dignity rather than diminish it.” The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund will be governed by a small board, consisting of leadership from each participating foundation and institution.

Ethics and Governance of AI

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.

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;

AI Advance

On May 15, 2017, the Berkman Klein Center in collaboration with the Media Lab hosted “AI Advance,” a convening of 120 community members, including faculty, researchers, students, and fellows, in order to reflect and engage on the societal challenges of AI and related technologies, forge collaborations, and start to design research programs.

The event (see the agenda here) included 10 lightning talks on diverse topics, two sessions on the current concern over how AI systems may be implicated in the spread of false information (including “fake news”), several participant-initiated breakout sessions, and a presentation about an online dashboard being built at the Berkman Klein Center to explore research projects and people active in select AI-related areas.

(The event adds to earlier AI ethics conversations led by Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, and Iyad Rahwan, associate professor at the Media Lab and an architect of Moral Machine, an interactive tool to explore moral questions that autonomous vehicle AI systems might need to make.) Not all members of the expanding AI community were able to attend.


The Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab have combined forces, as part of the larger Ethics and Governance in Artificial Intelligence Initiative, to support a third iteration of Assembly.

The 2019 Assembly program, beginning on March 11 and ending on June 15, will challenge Assemblers to confront emerging problems related to the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence.

The program includes three components - a team building and design thinking process, a course on AI and ethics, and a twelve-week development period.

At the beginning of the program, the cohort's time will be devoted to team building activities, skill sharing sessions, and design thinking exercises.

The class will cover foundational technical, philosophical , and legal material on emerging problems in the space of artificial intelligence and governance.

The Ethics and Governance of AI opening event, February 3, 2018

Chapter 1: 0:04 - Joi Ito Chapter 2: 1:03:27 - Jonathan Zittrain Chapter 3: 2:32:59 - Panel 1: Joi Ito moderates a panel with Pratik Shah, Karthik Dinakar, and ...

The Ethics and Governance of AI Course: Class 4, March 20, 2018

Joi Ito and Jonathan Zittrain co-teaching the fourth class of the Ethics and Governance of AI at the MIT Media Lab. This Spring 2018 term course is a ...

The Ethics and Governance of AI Course: Class 2, February 13, 2018

Joi Ito and Jonathan Zittrain co-teaching the second class of the Ethics and Governance of AI at the MIT Media Lab. This Spring 2018 term course is a ...

The Ethics and Governance of AI Course: Class 5, April 3, 2018

Joi Ito and Jonathan Zittrain co-teaching the fifth class of the Ethics and Governance of AI at the MIT Media Lab. This Spring 2018 term course is a ...

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