MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative

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.

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The Agenda

Introductory Sessions

Welcome Daniel Weitzner, MIT 9:00 a.m.
AI’s Technical Capabilities Antonio Torralba, MIT
9:10 a.m.
International Perspectives
on AI Policy
Andrew Wyckoff, OECD 9:30 a.m.
Purpose & Objective R. David Edelman, MIT 9:45 a.m.

Session I

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


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


11:45 a.m.

Session II

Post-Lunch Remarks: How AI is Changing Healthcare Remarks: 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 & Fairness Moderator: Daniel Weitzner, MIT
Jim Baker, Harvard Law School
Carol Rose, ACLU
1:45 p.m.
National Security & Defense Moderator: John Podesta, CAP
Michéle Flournoy, WestExec Advisors
Lisa Monaco, NYU
2:30 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Session III

International Consensus & Capacity-Building: The OECD Principles
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 Systems Moderator: 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.

The Speakers