Public AI Seminar (unlisted)

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artificial intelligence computers and society

Harvard University / Metagov

Audience: Researchers in the topic
Seminar series time: Tuesday 15:00-17:00 in your time zone, UTC
Organizers: Joshua Tan*, SJ Klein, Alex Krasodomski, Nick Garcia
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The seminar has two parallel objectives:

1. To develop a body of research, ideas, and tools to support the development of public AI and other forms of public interest AI. We especially want to support additional writing on the topic. We plan to organize the outputs from the seminar into a special collection, to be published by a university press.

2. To foster an intellectual community capable of describing, guiding, and implementing public AI and other forms of public interest AI. The new community will include scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields including politics, public policy, computer science, law, economics, political science, history, and business.

Over the course of the seminar, we will consider different models of public AI, lessons from both history and from AI, general theories of public investment and of regulation, as well as many different arguments for and against public AI. Four themes will guide our considerations: public benefit, public accountability, market failure, and political narratives.

Format: the seminar is invite-only. The first half of the seminar, reserved for invited talks, is recorded via Zoom and posted online. Notes from the entire seminar will be summarized without named attribution under the Chatham House rule.

Application: if you are interested in joining the seminar, please apply here by Dec. 31, 2023.

Upcoming talks
Past talks
Your timeSpeakerTitle
TueMar 0516:00TBATBA
TueFeb 2716:00Lawrence LessigRegulability of AI
TueFeb 2016:00David EavesLessons from digital public infrastructure
TueFeb 1316:00Ganesh SitaramanAntimonopoly and industrial organization
TueFeb 0616:00Julia AngwinThe politics of AI
TueJan 3016:00BreakBreak
TueJan 2317:00Hannah O'RourkeCase study: BritGPT
TueJan 2316:00Rick StevensCase study: AuroraGPT
TueJan 1616:00Diane CoylePublic options for tech
TueJan 0916:00Bruce SchneierA public option for AI
MonJan 0816:00Joshua Tan & SJ KleinIntroductions & goals of the seminar
FriJan 0516:00Joshua Tan & SJ KleinIntroductions & goals of the seminar
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