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The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the social implications of artificial intelligence. Our work focuses on four core domains:

Rights & Liberties

Rights & Liberties

As artificial intelligence and related technologies are used to make determinations and predictions in high stakes domains such as criminal justice, law enforcement, housing, hiring, and education, they have the potential to impact basic rights and liberties in profound ways. AI Now is partnering with the ACLU and other stakeholders to better understand and address these impacts.

Labor & Automation

Labor & Automation

Automation and early-stage artificial intelligence systems are already changing the nature of employment and working conditions in multiple sectors. AI Now works with social scientists, economists, labor organizers, and others to better understand AI's implications for labor and work – examining who benefits and who bears the cost of these rapid changes.

Bias & Inclusion

Bias & Inclusion

Data reflects the social, historical and political conditions in which it was created. Artificial intelligence systems ‘learn’ based on the data they are given. This, along with many other factors, can lead to biased, inaccurate, and unfair outcomes. AI Now researches issues of fairness, looking at how bias is defined and by whom, and the different impacts of AI and related technologies on diverse populations.

Safety & Critical Infrastructure

Safety & Critical Infrastructure

As artificial intelligence systems are introduced into our core infrastructures, from hospitals to the power grid, the risks posed by errors and blind spots increase. AI Now studies the ways in which AI and related technologies are being applied within these domains and aims to understand possibilities for safe and responsible AI integration.

Rights & Liberties

As artificial intelligence and related technologies are used to make determinations and predictions in high stakes domains such as criminal justice, law enforcement, housing, hiring, and education, they have the potential to impact basic rights and liberties in profound ways. AI Now is partnering with the ACLU and other stakeholders to better understand and address these impacts.

Labor & Automation

Automation and early-stage artificial intelligence systems are already changing the nature of employment and working conditions in multiple sectors. AI Now works with social scientists, economists, labor organizers, and others to better understand AI's implications for labor and work – examining who benefits and who bears the cost of these rapid changes.

Bias & Inclusion

Data reflects the social, historical and political conditions in which it was created. Artificial intelligence systems ‘learn’ based on the data they are given. This, along with many other factors, can lead to biased, inaccurate, and unfair outcomes. AI Now researches issues of fairness, looking at how bias is defined and by whom, and the different impacts of AI and related technologies on diverse populations.

Safety & Critical Infrastructure

As artificial intelligence systems are introduced into our core infrastructures, from hospitals to the power grid, the risks posed by errors and blind spots increase. AI Now studies the ways in which AI and related technologies are being applied within these domains and aims to understand possibilities for safe and responsible AI integration.

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Comments to HUD Proposed Rule

Comments to HUD Proposed Rule on the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard

AI Now, NYU Law's Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, and other scholars submitted the following comments to the US Department on Housing and Urban Development regarding its proposed rule on the Fair Housing Act's disparate impact standard and defense.

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Videos from the AI Now 2019 Symposium

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Videos from the AI Now 2019 Symposium: The Growing Pushback Against Harmful AI are now live on our website and YouTube channel.

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AI and Climate Change

How they’re connected and what we can do about it

While the tech industry claims to be “green,” tech’s climate impact is significant and growing. AI Now's Roel Dobbe and Meredith Whittaker review the role of AI and advanced technology in climate change, and outline seven steps policymakers can take to address their outsized i...

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AI in 2019: Year in Review

Opening remarks from our 2019 Symposium on the growing pushback against harmful AI

AI Now Co-Founders Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker kicked off our 2019 Symposium by recapping the critical moments and people who defined a growing movement that is pushing back against harmful AI technologies and systems.

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Call for Postdoctoral Researchers

Apply by November 19, 2019

AI Now is hiring postdoctoral researchers whose work resonates with the Institute's mission. We welcome applications across a range of interests and disciplines.

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AI Now and allies submit testimony to MA Joint Committee

Read the Testimony

AI Now with other researchers and organizations provided testimony in support of Massachusetts Legislation, S.1876/H.2701, which creates a Commission on government use of automated decision-making and artificial intelligence systems.

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Litigating Algorithms 2019 U.S. Report

New Challenges to Government Use of Algorithmic Decision Systems

Following up on our 2018 report, Litigating Algorithms 2019 U.S. Report examines recent U.S. lawsuits brought against government use of ADS, and how fighting these systems in the court has helped mitigate some of the harm caused by these systems.

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How To Interview a Tech Company

A Guide for Students

Tech spends millions recruiting students, even as issues of tech equity and ethics move to the center of public discussion. To help ethically-minded students navigate recruiting season, we drafted 10 questions they can use to interview a tech company.

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Announcing AI Now’s Executive Director

Join us in welcoming Andrea Nill Sánchez

After an extensive search, we’re thrilled to share that Andrea Nill Sánchez will join the AI Now Leadership Team as Executive Director.

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Introducing the newest AI Now team members

Welcoming our Director of Global Strategy and Programs

We’re thrilled to share that Amba Kak will join AI Now as Director of Global Strategy and Programs. Meet Amba and other members of our newly expanded team.

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We’re Hiring an Editorial Lead

Working across research, operations, and communications

AI Now is seeking a full-time Editorial Lead to work with AI Now’s research team in developing reports, blog posts, and other communications for public audiences.

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AI Now 2019 Symposium

Wednesday, October 2nd at 6pm at NYU’s Skirball Center

Join us on October 2nd at the AI Now 2019 Symposium. This year, we’re providing behind-the-scenes insights from those at the frontlines of the growing pushback against harmful AI. Tickets will become available on August 26th.

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We’re Hiring a Research Lead

Driving forward our work on Gender, Race, and Power in AI

AI Now is seeking a full-time Research Lead to design and develop AI Now’s strategy and programs related to AI, Gender, Race, and Power research.

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We’re Seeking an Executive Director

Expanding AI Now’s Leadership Team

AI Now is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to join our Leadership Team at this exciting moment in our organization’s growth. The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for AI Now’s staff, programs, funding, and execution of its mission.

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AI Now’s Testimony to US House Committee

Written Testimony to the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

On June 26th, Meredith Whittaker, Co-founder and Co-director of AI Now, testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on the societal and ethical implications of AI. Read the full written testimony.

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AI Now's Testimony to US Senate Subcommittee

Written Testimony to the US Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet

On June 25th, Rashida Richardson, AI Now's Director of Policy Research, testified before the United States Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. Read the full written testimony.

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AI Now 2019 Symposium

Join us on Wednesday, October 2 at 6pm at NYU’s Skirball Center

Save the date for this year’s AI Now Symposium. Launched in 2016, our annual Symposium brings together leading experts to discuss the biggest challenges we face as AI moves further into our everyday lives. This event is free and open to the public. Join our mailing list to be ...

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Expanding our team at AI Now

Welcoming our newest researchers

We are excited to announce our second cohort of postdoctoral associates, who will be joining us in September 2019.

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Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race, and Power in AI

Read our new report

The lack of diversity in AI workplaces and biased technologies are deeply interconnected issues. This pilot study represents the first stage of a multi-year project examining the intersection of gender, race, and power in AI.

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Gender, Race, and Power in AI: A Playlist

Read along with us

Scholars of diverse gender and racial backgrounds have been sounding the alarm about inequity and discrimination in artificial intelligence for decades. Read the work that has inspired us.

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We’re Hiring an Executive Assistant

Apply by April 30, 2019

AI Now is seeking an exceptional Executive Assistant to provide administrative and project management support to one of the Co-Founders and Co-Directors of the Institute.

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AI Now 2018 Report

Read our report on the state of AI

Building on AI Now’s 2016 and 2017 reports, this year’s report contends with the central problem of accountability in AI, and provides 10 practical recommendations that can help create frameworks capable of governing these powerful technologies.

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Videos from the AI Now 2018 Symposium

Ethics, Organizing and Accountability

Videos from the AI Now 2018 Symposium on Ethics, Organizing, and Accountability are now live on our website and YouTube channel. Watch and share!

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