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AI Now 2019 Report

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Our 2019 Report examines new research on the risks and harms of AI, including its use by companies to aggressively manage and control workers, its climate impact, and the growing use of facial and affect recognition. We also look at the growing movements that are demanding a halt to risky and dangerous AI, and offer recommendations on what policymakers, advocates, and researchers can do to address these harms.

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Confronting Black Boxes

A Shadow Report of the New York City Automated Decision System Task Force

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In 2017, New York City became the first US jurisdiction to create a task force to come up with recommendations for government use of ADS. *Confronting Black Boxes* is a community powered shadow report that provides a comprehensive record of the Task Force’s community engagement efforts and offers robust recommendations based on collective experience and current research insights on government use of ADS.

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AI Now's Testimony to New York City Council

Written Testimony to the New York City Council on the use of Electronic Health Records

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On November 20th, Varoon Mathur, Tech Fellow at AI Now, testified before the New York City Council on privacy and security concerns on the use of Electronic Health Records. Read the full written testimony.

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The Apple Card Controversy

Algorithmic bias builds on long patterns of historical discrimination. And the same communities are hit the hardest

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The Apple Card set off an outcry over algorithmic discrimination online – if only all claims of AI bias were taken so seriously. Sarah Myers West examines the latest in a string of examples that illustrate why AI doesn’t work for everyone.

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Disability, Bias, and AI

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While much AI bias research and reporting has focused on the axes of race and gender, there has been much less attention paid to disability. Our latest report, Disability, Bias, and AI, draws from a wealth of research from disability advocates and scholars, and examines what disability studies and activism can tell us about the risks and possibilities of AI.

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Comments to HUD Proposed Rule

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

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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

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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 impact.

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AI in 2019: Year in Review

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Compilation of NYC Automated Decision System Task Force Comments

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This document is a compilation of comments or inquiries sent to the New York City Automated Decision System Task Force during its period of public engagement in Spring 2019.

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How To Interview a Tech Company

A Guide for Students

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Comments to the PA Commission on Sentencing

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The AI Now Institute and NYU Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law submitted the following comments to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing regarding its revisions to a proposed sentence risk assessment instrument.

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We’re Hiring a Research Lead

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 the first to hear when tickets are released.

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AI Now Submits Amici Letter in NY DHCR Appeal

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AI Now’s Rashida Richardson submitted a letter in support of tenants opposing a facial recognition entry system in two rent-stabilized buildings in Brooklyn, noting the dangerous social implications for gender and racial minorities.

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Expanding our team at AI Now

Welcoming our newest researchers

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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

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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

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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

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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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NYC Automated Decision Systems Chart

Examples of Government Use Cases

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See our chart prepared in advance of the New York City Automated Decision Systems Task Force Public Forums, including known use cases in New York City as well as use cases in other jurisdictions.

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We’re Hiring Graduate Research Assistants

Apply by April 1, 2019

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AI Now is seeking three Graduate Research Assistants to support the ongoing research at the Institute. These part-time positions are ideal for graduate students looking to gain exposure to the developing interdisciplinary field surrounding the social and political implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

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NYC ADS Task Force — Public Engagement

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AI Now and NYC advocates and researchers sent a letter to the New York City Automated Decision Systems Task Force stressing the need for meaningful and inclusive public engagement.

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AI Now 2018 Report

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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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Gender, Race and Power

Outlining a New AI Research Agenda

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The AI Now Institute is engaged in a research program on gender, race, and power in AI. In light of the growing movement working to combat inequality and abuse of power in tech and beyond, we published a preview of our initial findings.

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Comments to the PA Commission on Sentencing

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The AI Now Institute and NYU Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law submitted the following comments to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing regarding its revisions to a proposed sentence risk assessment instrument.

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Videos from the AI Now 2018 Symposium

Ethics, Organizing and Accountability

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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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AI IN 2018

A YEAR IN REVIEW

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Read opening remarks from our Symposium on Ethics, Organizing, and Accountability, by AI Now Institute co-founders Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker.

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Call for Postdoctoral Researchers

Apply by November 27, 2018

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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Algorithmic Accountability Toolkit

For advocates interested in understanding government use of algorithmic systems

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The toolkit includes a breakdown of key concepts and questions, an overview of existing research, summaries of algorithmic systems currently used in government, and guidances on advocacy strategies to identify and interrogate the use of these systems.

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Litigating Algorithms

Challenging Government Use of Algorithmic Decision Systems

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AI Now teamed up with NYU Law’s Center on Race, Inequality and the Law and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to conduct a deep examination of current United States courtroom litigation where the use of algorithms by government was central to the rights and liberties at issue in the case.

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AI Now 2018 Symposium

Tuesday, October 16 at 6pm at NYU’s Skirball Center

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This year’s program will address the intersection of AI, ethics, organizing, and accountability – with speakers including Philip Alston, Sherrilyn Ifill, Lucy Suchman, Virginia Eubanks, Kevin De Liban, Vincent Southerland, Timnit Gebru, Nicole Ozer, and Marisa Franco.

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Quartz: California just replaced cash bail with algorithms

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Policy director Rashida Richardson weighs in on California's new law, warning about the risk of biases baked into algorithmic decision making.

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Curbed: One of New York City’s most urgent design challenges is invisible

In the news

Policy director Rashida Richardson discusses the letter sent to Bill de Blasio and the Automated Decision Systems Task Force cosigned by AI Now.

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Letter to the FTC on protecting consumer rights

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We submitted comments to the FTC to recommend they use their authority to protect consumer rights. As AI technology increasingly makes decisions that impact our lives, it’s important that the FTC takes an active role.

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Letter to the NYC ADS Task Force

Recommendations from NYC Advocates

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Figuring out how to make government of Automated Decisions fair and equitable must involve community voices. Rashida Richardson joins other NYC advocates in sharing their recommendations to the NYC ADS Task Force.

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ACLU Podcast: How to fight an algorithm

In the news

Cofounder Meredith Whittaker appears on the ACLU’s “At Liberty” podcast to discuss regulating algorithms and emerging threats to our civil liberties.

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NBC: Facial recognition gives police a powerful new tracking tool. It's also raising alarms.

In the news

Policy director Rashida Richardson discusses ethical and technical concerns around law enforcement use of facial recognition technology.

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You and AI – Machine learning, bias and implications for inequality

Kate Crawford's Royal Society address

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Cofounder Kate Crawford delivers a keynote address at the Royal Society in London as part of the "You and AI" series.

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The New Age of Innovation: Government's Role in Artificial Intelligence

Politico panel

In the news

Policy director Rashida Richardson discusses regulation of AI and its use in government on a panel alongside two members of congress and the head of the IT Industry Council.

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Join Our Team

AI Now is hiring a Program Associate

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We're looking for a standout Program Associate with a high level of drive and passion to learn and grow. If you’re super organized, action-oriented, systematic, and adaptable, with an EQ that is off the charts, we want to hear from you.

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Nature: Bias detectives - the researchers striving to make algorithms fair

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Cofounder Kate Crawford discusses issues of bias, oversight, and accountability in algorithmic decision making.

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NYU Area Leads

Announcing our Area Leads at NYU

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We’re delighted and honored to be working with these esteemed experts across the NYU community to build our robust and dynamic interdisciplinary research agenda.

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CNBC: Silicon Valley is stumped - Even AI cannot always remove bias from hiring

In the news

Cofounder Meredith Whittaker raises concerns about AI products used in sourcing and hiring employees, questions their claims to "remove bias" from hiring, and calls for increased oversight and accountability.

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Wall Street Journal: If Machines Take Over, Who Will Be in Charge?

In the news

Cofounder Kate Crawford spoke at the Wall Street Journal's 'Future of Everything' festival.

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Expanding our team at AI Now

Welcoming our new Director of Policy Research

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Our team is growing! We are thrilled to announce that Rashida Richardson will join AI Now as the Director of Policy Research. We wanted to formally introduce Rashida along with some of the other new members of our team, and share a bit about what they will be working on.

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Algorithmic Impact Assessments Report

New report offering a practical framework for AI accountability in public agencies

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Following our recommendations to the NYC Algorithmic Accountability task force, the AIA report provides a framework to help public agencies and the people they serve monitor and understand AI and algorithmic decision-making systems. This is an important step toward ensuring that the use of automated decision-making is fair, just, and as transparent as possible.

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Quartz: AI Experts Want Government Algorithms to Be Studied Like Environmental Hazards

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AI Now's Algorithmic Impact Assessment (AIA) framework gives lawmakers a way to evaluate the effect of algorithmic decision-making in government.

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Wired: How Coders Are Fighting Bias in Facial Recognition Software

In the news

Cofounder Meredith Whittaker weighs in on the industry's efforts to address bias in facial recognition tools.

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Artist Fellows

Welcoming our first AI Now Artist Fellows

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We're thrilled to announce that the increadible Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Trevor Paglen will be our first ever AI Now Artist Fellows.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

The AI Now Institute announces its inaugural cohort of postdoctoral researchers

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We are excited to announce our inaugural cohort of Postdoctoral Researchers, who will be joining us in September.

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Fast Company: When Will Americans Be Angry Enough To Demand Honesty About Algorithms?

In the news

Fast Company draws parallels to the environmental disasters that led to the creation of environmental impact statements in covering AI Now's Algorithmic Impact Assessment framework.

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Algorithmic Impact Assessments

AI Now’s initial recommendations for automation accountability in NYC

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We published our first set of recommendations for the New York City task force on automated decision systems, which will address the impact of algorithmic systems used by NYC public agencies.

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NYC Algorithmic Accountability

A letter to Mayor DeBlasio

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AI Now applauds the new effort by NYC to address the impact of algorithms on real people — and joins others in recommending a path forward.

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The Verge: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS GOING TO SUPERCHARGE SURVEILLANCE

In the news

Cofounder Meredith Whittaker discusses the dangers of AI-powered surveillance and law enforcemenet tools, and the structural injustices that could lead to selective application.

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The Trouble with Bias

Kate Crawford's keynote address at NIPS

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Cofounder Kate Crawford delivers a keynote address at NIPS 2017, highlighting issues with bias across the field of AI.

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Wired: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SEEKS AN ETHICAL CONSCIENCE

In the news

Wired covers cofounder Kate Crawford's keynote address at the NIPS conference.

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NPR: Studying Artificial Intelligence At New York University

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NPR interviews cofounder Kate Crawford about the launch of the AI Now Institute at NYU.

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Official Launch

The AI Now Institute launches at New York University with key advisors

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We are thrilled to announce our official launch at NYU as the first University-based research institute focused on the social implications of AI. We are also delighted to introduce our exceptional Advisory Board and Academic Council.

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Quartz: The field of AI research is about to get way bigger than code

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Cofounders Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker spoke to Quartz about the official launch of the AI Now Institute at NYU.

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AI Now 2017 Report

With key recommendations for the field of artificial intelligence

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With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the AI Now Institute is happy to release our 2nd annual report, outlining the state of current research, what's at stake, and a set of key recommendations for the field.

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Wired: AI experts want to end 'black box' algorithms in government

In the news

In their 2017 report, AI Now became the first major research organization to publicly call for an end to 'black box' algorithms in core public agencies - such as those responsible for criminal justice, healthcare, welfare and education.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Now accepting applications for our 2018-2020 class

AI Now is looking for several exceptional postdoctoral researchers whose work resonates with the Institute's mission. All disciplines encouraged to apply.

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Coalition Comments on SB10 Proposed Rules

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AI Now joins other advocates in providing comments on the California Judicial Council's rulemaking regarding SB10, a law that replaces the state's cash bail system with a pre-trial risk assessment

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