On January 15, 2019, global industry, academic, and policy experts met at the MIT AI Policy Congress to discuss the important questions artificial intelligence (AI) systems raise about safety, justice, welfare, and opportunity. During this event, which was co-sponsored by the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and MIT Quest for Intelligence, presenters discussed how AI systems should be governed — and to what extent they are already conforming to society’s expectations of trust.

This first-of-a-kind forum investigated how society, industry, and governments should practically manage the policy questions raised by this new technology by using MIT’s world-leading research in machine learning and engaging leaders across the public and private sectors. Individual sessions defined AI’s specific and often distinct impact in particular industries, connected it to key laws and regulations in place today, and defined gaps and opportunities for addressing trust in the AI systems upon which societies depend.

Want to learn more about this event? Check out news and our ongoing blog series below, along with the event agenda and a list of speakers. You can also contact us at IPRI-aipolicy19@mit.edu.

AI Policy Congress – Part 4 Criminal Justice & Fairness

Published on 2019-02-11

Written by Nicolas Rothbacher. The Application of AI in Criminal Justice How the application of…

Read More

AI Policy Congress – Part 3 Healthcare

Published on 2019-02-07

Written by Willie Boag Improving Healthcare with AI Technology During her research presentation on bringing…

Read More

AI Policy Congress – Part 2 Democratizing AI through Transparency and Education

Published on 2019-02-01

Written by Natalie Lao Demystifying Machine Learning for Regulators On Wednesday, January 16, Professor Hal…

Read More

News: Policymakers Discuss How to Govern AI Technology

Published on 2019-01-28

In a post for the New York Times, Steve Lohr discussed the MIT AI Policy…

Read More

AI Policy Congress – Part 1 Governance Challenges

Published on 2019-01-28

Written by Grace Abuhamad What Is the MIT AI Policy Congress? On January 15, 2019,…

Read More

The Agenda


Introductory Sessions

WelcomeDaniel Weitzner, MIT9:00 a.m.
AI’s Technical CapabilitiesAntonio Torralba, MIT
Slides
9:10 a.m.
International Perspectives
on AI Policy
Andrew Wyckoff, OECD9:30 a.m.
Purpose & ObjectiveR. David Edelman, MIT9:45 a.m.

Session I

Transportation & SafetyModerator: Daniela Rus, MIT
John-Paul Clarke, United Technologies
Brian Williams, MIT
10:00 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.
Manufacturing & LaborModerator: Denis McDonough, Markle
Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT
Jacqui Canney, Walmart
Philip A. Miscimarra, Morgan Lewis
11:00 a.m.

Lunch

11:45 a.m.

Session II

Post-Lunch Remarks: How AI is Changing HealthcareRemarks: Regina Barzilay, MIT
 
Discussion/Response: Moderator: Simon Johnson, MIT
Jason Furman, Harvard Kennedy School
Tom Price, Fmr. Secretary of HHS
12:30 p.m.
 
12:50 p.m.
Criminal Justice & FairnessModerator: Daniel Weitzner, MIT
Jim Baker, Harvard Law School
Carol Rose, ACLU
1:45 p.m.
National Security & DefenseModerator: John Podesta, CAP
Michéle Flournoy, WestExec Advisors
Lisa Monaco, NYU
2:30 p.m.

Break

3:15 p.m.

Session III

International Consensus & Capacity-Building: The OECD Principles
Process
Remarks Anne Carblanc, OECD
 
OECD Experts: Moderator: Taylor Reynolds, MIT
Nozha Boujemaa, INRIA
Cyrus Hodes, UAE
Osamu Sudoh, Japan
3:45 p.m.
 
3:55 p.m.
Toward the Governance of AI SystemsModerator: R. David Edelman, MIT
Carol Rose, ACLU
Antonio Torralba, MIT
Denis McDonough, Markle
Daniel Weitzner, MIT
Andrew Wyckoff, OECD
4:30 p.m.

End of Congress

5:30 p.m.

Andrew Wyckoff

Andrew Wyckoff

Director, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Anne Carblanc

Anne Carblanc

Head of the Digital Economy Policy Division (DEP), OECD, and Former Federal Judge, France

Antonio Torralba

Antonio Torralba

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, and Director, MIT Quest for Intelligence (QI)

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Carol Rose

Carol Rose

Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts

Daniel Weitzner

Daniel Weitzner

Founding Director, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI)

Daniela Rus

Daniela Rus

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT and Director, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough

Carnegie Foundation Visiting Senior Fellow, Former White House Chief of Staff

Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Research Associate at NBER

Jacaui Canney

Jacaui Canney

Executive Vice President, Global People Division, Walmart, Inc.

James A. Baker

James A. Baker

Harvard University Law School, Former FBI General Counsel

Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard University

John Podesta

John Podesta

Founder and Board Member, Center for American Progress, Counselor to President Obama, and Former White House Chief of Staff

John-Paul Clarke

John-Paul Clarke

Vice President of Strategic Technologies, United Technologies

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco

NYU School of Law, Former Homeland Security Advisor

Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Philip A. Miscimarra

Philip A. Miscimarra

Chairman, National Labor Relations Board

R. David Edelman

R. David Edelman

Director, IPRI Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security, MIT

Regina Barzilay

Regina Barzilay

MIT Delta Electronics Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and MacArthur Fellow

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management

Thomas E. Price

Thomas E. Price

Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services and Former Congressman of Georgia