Why We’re Here

Artificial Intelligence systems are being applied to many arenas of human life – across major sectors such as education, health care, criminal justice, housing, and employment – influencing significant decisions that impact individuals, populations, and national agendas.

But the vast majority of AI systems and related technologies are being put in place with minimal oversight, few accountability mechanisms, and little research into their broader implications. Currently there are no agreed-upon methods to measure and assess the social implications of AI, even as these systems are being rapidly integrated into core social institutions.

To ensure that AI systems are sensitive and responsive to the complex social domains in which they are applied, we will need to develop new ways to measure, audit, analyze, and improve them.

What We Do

The AI Now Institute produces interdisciplinary research on the social implications of artificial intelligence and acts as a hub for the emerging field focused on these issues.

Currently, our research focuses on four key domains: rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, and safety and critical infrastructure.

Founded in 2017 by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now is housed at New York University, where it fosters vibrant intellectual engagement and collaboration across the University and beyond.


AI Now’s work is done through collaborations across an expansive, world-class network that includes scholars, technologists, policy-makers, advocates, and many others. We have established formal partnerships with the following organizations:

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
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The funding and support we receive make our organization and our work possible. Our supporters include:

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Research Independence & Integrity

The AI Now Institute is part of New York University, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. We provide independent research on the social implications of artificial intelligence. We strongly support independent, peer-reviewed research and the intellectual freedom and integrity of our scholars.