Media Advisory — MIT researchers: AI policy needed to manage impacts, build more equitable systems

On Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7, the AI Policy Forum — a global effort convened by researchers from MIT — will present their initial policy recommendations aimed at managing the effects of artificial intelligence and building AI systems that better reflect society’s values. Recognizing that there is unlikely to be any singular national AI policy, but rather public policies for the distinct ways in which we encounter AI in our lives, forum leaders will preview their preliminary findings and policy recommendations in three key areas: finance, mobility, and health care.

The inaugural AI Policy Forum Symposium, a virtual event hosted by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, will bring together AI and public policy leaders, government officials from around the world, regulators, and advocates to investigate some of the pressing questions posed by AI in our economies and societies. The symposium’s program will feature remarks from public policymakers helping shape governments’ approaches to AI; state and federal regulators on the front lines of these issues; designers of self-driving cars and cancer-diagnosing algorithms; faculty examining the systems used in emerging finance companies and associated concerns; and researchers pushing the boundaries of AI.

AI Policy Forum (AIPF) Symposium

MIT speakers: 

  • Martin A. Schmidt, MIT provost
  • Daniel Huttenlocher, AIPF chair and dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing
  • Regina Barzilay, MIT School of Engineering Distinguished Professor of AI and Health; AI faculty lead of the Jameel Clinic at MIT
  • Daniel Weitzner, founding director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative; former U.S. deputy chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Luis Videgaray, senior lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management; former foreign minister and minister of finance of Mexico
  • Aleksander Madry, professor of computer science in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • R. David Edelman, director of public policy for the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative; former special assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama for economic and technology policy
  • Julie Shah, MIT associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics; associate dean of social and ethical responsibilities of computing in the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing
  • Andrew Lo, professor of finance in the MIT Sloan School of Management

Guest speakers and participants: 

  • Julie Bishop, chancellor of the Australian National University; former minister of foreign affairs and member of the Parliament of Australia
  • Andrew Wyckoff, director for science, technology and innovation at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard Law School; former dean of the Harvard Law School
  • Alejandro Poiré, dean of the School of Public Policy at Monterrey Tec; former secretary of the interior of Mexico
  • Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford
  • Darran Anderson, director of strategy and innovation at the Texas Department of Transportation
  • Nat Beuse, vice president of security at Aurora; former head safety regulator for autonomous vehicles at the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Laura Major, chief technology officer of Motional
  • Manuela Veloso, head of AI research at JP Morgan Chase
  • Stephanie Lee, managing director of BlackRock Systematic Active Equities Emerging Markets

Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 7

Media RSVP:
Reporters interested in attending can register here. More information on the AI Policy Forum can be found here