AI & Society Workshops
CIFAR’s AI & Society workshops bring together diverse experts from across disciplines, sectors and borders to address some of the most fundamental challenges posed by AI. Some examples include:
- The practice of ethical medicine in AI;
- The use of AI to address the climate crisis; and
- The role of AI as an amplifier of inequality for vulnerable populations.
The AI & Society workshops generate deeper understanding of how AI is impacting society, from health to security to culture, and identify opportunities for future research and action. Each workshop team produces a publication that supports the dissemination of insights to the broader community.
Two calls for proposals for international AI & Society workshops were initiated in 2018:
AI & Society Workshops - Call One (March 2018 - October 2019)
The first international call was completed in October 2018 and resulted in four successful applications. Each of the workshops brought together a diverse group of 20-25 international experts that explored issues including the role of AI as an amplifier of inequality for vulnerable groups such as children, the potential risks AI poses to democratic institutions, and how AI might be informed by the insights and knowledge of Indigenous groups.
AI & Society Workshops - Call Two (June 2019 - December 2020)
In August 2018, CIFAR launched an international call for proposals in partnership with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI). The partnership funded eight proposal led by experts in Canada, France and the U.K. on important societal questions arising from AI. These proposals addressed topics such as trust in AI systems, the impact of algorithms and digital recommendation systems on culture, and, fairness, interpretability & privacy for algorithmic systems.