Governing the rise of Artificial Intelligence

An online civic debate

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A GLOBAL DEBATE ON THE GOVERNANCE OF AI

The Future Society, the IEEE, the JSAI and bluenove are joining hands to launch and lead, in the next 7 months, a global civic debate on “Governing the rise of AI”. The consultation is open to everyone. It will rely on the award-winning collective intelligence platform “Assembl” and associated methodology developed by bluenove, a pioneer in the field of civic tech. Assembl has already been deployed successfully in several public debates in the past on a host of complex topics including Smart Cities, the rise of inclusive cities, the future of education, the soft power of expatriates and the OECD well-being index.
Led over a period of 7 months by the “AI Initiative”, the civic consultation will seek to proactively involve citizens, practitioners, world experts, and researchers working on AI, robotics, cyber, public policy, international relations and economics.

This civic consultation will proactively engage citizens, practitioners, world experts, and researchers working on AI, robotics, cyber, public policy, international relations and economics. The aim of the civic debate is to trigger a broad and inclusive dialogue which informs our understanding of the dynamics and consequences of the rise of AI and how to govern the current technological revolution.

The collective intelligence platform will lead to a synthesis of the main ideas and proposals, which will in turn be used to inform solutions and actionable policy tools for the international governance of AI.

It is the intention that other civic debates on questions of governance of emerging technosciences and the future of humanity will follow.
Through this civic consultation we aim to trigger a broad and inclusive dialogue to help better understand the dynamics and consequences of the rise of AI and how to govern this revolution. Other civic debates on questions of governance of emerging technosciences and the future of humanity will follow.

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How it works?

The debate takes place on the online platform Assembl developed by bluenove. You just need to create your account to have access to the debate.

The platform works best on Internet Explorer v.10 and +, on Safari v.7 and +, and on Firefox v.24 and +

The debate is managed is by a community of animators:

the Harvester structures and enriches the topics of the debate in accordance with the discussions on the platform. She also extracts the main ideas of the debate.

the Community Manager makes sure of the onboarding of the participants in the debate. She guides the contributors in the platform.

the Knowledge Manager enriches the discussion with the publication of articles, studies and other interesting elements. She is also the fact-checker of the debate.

The Synthesizer writes a summary of the discussion for each subtopic every two weeks. A synthesis of the debate is regularly published on the platform

TIMELINE

The debate will take place in 4 phases:

  • DISCOVERY
    September 7th

    Where quick thoughts are expressed on 4 main topics:

    • The AI Revolution
    • AI for the common good
    • AI Impact on the workforce
    • Possible futures by 2045
  • IDEATION
    November – December

    Subjects will be then discussed in detail though an argumentative forum.

  • EXPLORATION
    December – January

    Will tackle the most promising ideas emerging from the debate.

  • CONVERGENCE
    February – March 31st

    Where the best ideas will be selected for implementation.

Webinars

Our first webinar, taking place on September 7th 2017 at 1100h Eastern Time, is an introduction to the Civic Debate with Frank Escoubes (Bluenove’s CEO) and John C. Havens Executive Director (Chair of IEEE AI Initiative). Cyrus Hodes, Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s The Future Society AI Initiative, will be the moderator.

Our second debate will take place on Oct. 2017. Konstantinos Karachalios (IEEE Standards Association Managing Director) and Arisa Ema (The University of Tokyo, JSAI Ethics committee, Japan’s RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project) will be discussing this subject at the core of the AI Initiative. Nicolas Miailhe, President of The Future Society and co-founder of the AI Initiative, will be the moderator.

  • This debate will focus on the vital role the IEEE AI Initiative can play in the public sphere, as well as the governance questions raised by Artificial Intelligence.
  • Q&As will follow the presentation, and will be open to IEEE members and the public at large. Like the first webinar, the event will be presented in a podcast on the Civic Debate page and accessible for participation online at any time after the webinar.

Our third debate will take place on October 2017 with Alan Winfield (IEEE Chair of General Principles Committee).
John C. Havens, Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems at IEEE, will be moderating this debate.
Q&As will follow the presentation, open to IEEE members and the public at large. Like the first two webinars, the event will be presented in a podcast on the Civic Debate page and accessible for participation online at any time after the webinar.

We will discuss the General Principles developed by the IEEE AI Initiative (Human Benefit, Responsibility, Transparency and Education & Awareness).

Subsequent webinars during the ideation, exploration and convergence phases will tackle subjects discussed in the various IEEE AI Initiative committees.