- 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

“Artificial intelligence and machine learning have potential to improve our lives in all sorts of exciting ways,” said Dan Schrag, Co-Director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. “But there are also risks.” The Council, supported by Bank of America, will help investigate how to use these technologies in a responsible manner across various domains.

“It is difficult to overstate AI’s potential impact on society,” said Ash Carter, Director of the Belfer Center and former Secretary of Defense. “The Council will leverage Harvard’s unmatched convening power to help ensure that this impact is overwhelmingly on the side of public good.”

The Council will convene leaders from groups including government, business, academia, and civil society to learn about the latest technological developments in AI and machine learning, discuss emerging legal, moral, and policy implications, and investigate ways to develop responsible AI platforms. 

The new Council will be housed at the Belfer Center, and will work with digitalHKS, a school-wide initiative focused on research and education on digital technology policy. 

In addition, the Council will work with the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project and its recently launched Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Led by Cyber Security Project Director Michael Sulmeyer, that initiative explores implications of AI and machine learning on cybersecurity and cyberspace policy. 

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For Academic Citation:

"Ensuring Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence." Belfer Center Newsletter. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (Spring 2018).