Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative

Can AI be deployed in ways that enhance equality, or will AI systems exacerbate structural inequalities and create new inequities?

The Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI) is an innovative impact-oriented community of practice seeking to understand the innumerable ways in which AI impacts equality for better or worse. We work to empower ethics in AI so that it is deployed in a just, responsible, and inclusive manner.

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The Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative seeks to:

Build

Build the foundation for an inclusive dialogue—an Agora—to probe issues related to the benefits, risks, tradeoffs, and tensions that AI fosters.

Nurture

Nurture an interdisciplinary, intergenerational community of practice to rapidly address urgent challenges in the uses of AI and other novel technologies.

Establish

Establish a forum for those in positions where they must make considered choices and decisions about the development and deployment of AI applications.

Forge

Forge transparent, cross-disciplinary, and inclusive conversations and guided inquiries.

Empower

Empower ethics as a tool for making thoughtful decisions about embedding AI systems and applications in the fabric of daily life.

Featured Podcasts, Events, & Articles

Digital public technology can help drive sustainable development progress

As fast-changing digital technologies penetrate more dimensions of societies, successful digital public technology (DPT) strategies will require multipronged approaches that promote benefits while mitigating risks. Few official donor organizations have so prioritized broad issues of digital development, argue George Ingram, John McArthur, and Priya Vora in their Brookings working paper.

Deus ex machina or Diabolus ex machina?

"Whenever we see or hear something that resembles "deus ex machina," or an inexplicable use of technology that resolves itself too simply or easily, we need to check our own 'magical thinking,'" write Anja Kaspersen and Kobi Leins in regards to AI systems. A strategic reorientation, re-envisioning ethics, and ...

Wendell Wallach

Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow, Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI); Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Anja Kaspersen

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI)

Tom Philbeck

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI); SWIFT Partners

How does AI impact equality, for better or worse?

Structural inequality is the result of a broad array of political, economic, social, and cultural factors. The socio-technical systems that are the result of introducing innovations into this mix have become increasingly destabilizing. The sheer ubiquity and speed by which AI-based systems are permeating our lives is disruptive of countless industries and institutions. Growing monopolies of proprietary data have and continue to rapidly empower digital elites and new digital alliances. And yet the understanding of exactly how social and technical systems interact and how to govern them globally, regionally, or locally lags far behind. To complicate matters, some applications of AI may actually reduce inequality or enhance equality in discreet ways.

AIEI is working to unpack this difficult and highly transdisciplinary terrain to ensure that AI is developed and deployed in a just, responsible, and inclusive manner.

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Why are we failing at the ethics of AI?

The last few years have seen a proliferation of initiatives on ethics and AI. Whether formal or informal, led by companies, governments, and international and non-profit organizations, these initiatives have developed a plethora of principles and guidance to support the responsible use of AI systems and algorithmic technologies. Despite these efforts, few have managed to make any real impact in modulating the effects of AI.

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Latest Podcasts, Events, & Articles

AUG 30, 2022 Article

The Big Picture

From Ukraine to the U.S. Supreme Court, the news has been full of stories to get enraged about, many with connections to emerging technology. ...

AUG 18, 2022 Podcast

How Real is Virtual Reality? with David Chalmers

Might the world we live in be a simulation? Are the virtual environments being created real or illusions? What are the prospects for creating artificial ...

AUG 18, 2022 Article

Who Decides Who Decides What Conversations Are Allowed About Artificial Intelligence?

In the development, use, and purchasing of AI systems, it is important to ask questions about who holds power, what conversations we are—and are ...

JUN 22, 2022 Podcast

Is AI Upending Geopolitics? with Angela Kane

In this Artificial Intelligence & Equality podcast, Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow Wendell Wallach is joined by Angela Kane, a chair of the United Nations University Governing Council, to ...