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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Ensuring Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence

| Summer 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to reshape not only the interface between people and machines but also fundamental questions of privacy and equality in all areas of society—from finance and healthcare to retail and manufacturing. To ensure that ethical and policy issues keep pace with AI and machine learning and that this game-changing technology serves people—not the other way around—the Belfer Center is creating The Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence.

A petroleum refinery is seen in the background of a residential neighborhood.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

NOVA: Holdren, Schrag Explain Climate Change

| Summer 2018

In a new PBS NOVA documentary, Decoding the Weather Machine, Holdren notes that climate science—accumulating since Fourier’s time—proves that humans are responsible for the big increases in heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Bridging Science and Societies

| Spring 2018

Climate contrarians continue to undermine the urgency of immediate climate action, particularly in the United States, despite increasing evidence of the devastating impacts of global climate change, John P. Holdren, co-director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and former science advisor to President Obama, said in a keynote address to the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists 2017. The late fall conference attracted nearly 1,400 science journalists from 74 countries, the largest such gathering of its kind.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Cyber Security Project Launches Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

| Spring 2018

In keeping with the Belfer Center’s mandate on science and international affairs, the Cyber Security Project has launched a new research initiative on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and their implications for cybersecurity. Led by Michael Sulmeyer, the Cyber Security Project seeks to explore themes of conflict in cyberspace and both AI and ML will play a growing role in national defense and security. Cyber Security Project fellow Ben Buchanan began the focus on AI and ML with his June 2017 Belfer Center Report, “Machine Learning for Policy Makers.”

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Arctic Initiative Focuses on Impacts of Rapid Climate Change

| Fall/Winter 2017-2018

During his keynote address at the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland on October 13, John P. Holdren announced the establishment of The Arctic Initiative: Science, Technology, Education, and Policy Innovation for a Sustainable Arctic at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. The Arctic Initiative is a joint project of the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP), headed by Henry Lee, and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP), co-directed by Holdren, who led  the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served as President Obama’s Science Advisor from January 2009 until January 2017. 

In 2011, science advisors to the presidents of China and the United States, Wan Gang and John P. Holdren, hold a photo of the historic 1979 U.S.-China agreement on science and engineering.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Center's Energy Work Wields Impact and Influence Around the World

| Fall/Winter 2016-2017

The Belfer Center began researching energy technology issues in the late 1990s. Its mission was “to determine and promote the adoption of effective strategies for developing and deploying cleaner and more efficient energy technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and stress on water resources, and improve economic development.”

In this issue, we look at the history and influence of the Center’s energy innovation efforts in the past two decades by focusing primarily on ETIP’s work in the U.S. and China.

President Barack Obama gets direction from his science advisor John P. Holdren during an event on the South Lawn of the White House to explore the stars with middle school students.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Spotlight on John P. Holdren

| Fall/Winter 2016-2017

As assistant to the president for science and technology, director of the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy, and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Holdren has worked closely with Obama to reinvigorate America’s scientific capabilities on a range of policy fronts, from climate change and renewable energy to health care and nanotechnology.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Center Fellows Share Insights

Several fellows from different Belfer Center programs and projects described insights they’ve gained or lessons they’ve learned during their fellowships at the Center.