Making Waves

The Artificial Intelligence Institute is making considerable strides in its focus on new approaches to natural language understanding, a critical topic as humans interact with machines more and more through written and spoken language. Our teaching explored the intersections of artificial intelligence (AI) and being human. We are also actively participating on the ethos (ethics) committee for Mojo Vision, a Silicon Valley based company producing AI-driven contact lens technologies. Our design efforts have been focused on building an ai driven peer review tool to support the expansion of innovation and diversity in academic journals.

To strengthen the Institute’s expertise, we welcome two new team members – Alires Almon as partner director and Iliff faculty Dr. Philip Reed-Butler as researcher.

In light of the pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, the Institute hosted a November online event on Race, Surveillance, and Technologies of Resistance. More than 40 participants joined the panel discussion, followed by a participatory game that encouraged us to imagine sustainable futures where humans and machines partner in meaningful ways. We plan to offer interactive events in the spring to continue these rich conversations.

This coming year, with our TRUST framework as a theoretical foundation, we will redirect the Institute’s consulting work toward Ethics as a Service (EaaS) that offers consulting for AI and other technology companies in areas such as hiring practices, bias management, compliance (e.g. GDPR), and risk management. We are exploring partnerships with other organizations to facilitate this consulting work.

Thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation for their generous support and partnership in establishing the ai.iliff program.

Enjoy Video Recordings of the online event – Race, Surveillance, and Technologies of Resistance