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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For AIEI-related inquiries, please contact Carnegie Council Chief of Staff Melissa Semeniuk: [email protected]

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 Content & Analysis

SEP 29, 2023 Article

Envisioning Modalities for AI Governance: A Response from AIEI to the UN Tech Envoy

JUN 5, 2023 Article

Are We Automating the Banality and Radicality of Evil?

Current iterations of AI are increasingly able to encourage subservience to a non-human master, telling potentially systematic untruths with emphatic confidence.

SEP 6, 2023 Podcast

Can We Code Power Responsibly? with Carl Miller

In this thought-provoking episode, Carl Miller tackles the pressing questions: Can we code power responsibly? And moreover, how do we define "power" in this context?

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); IEEE

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

Latest Podcasts, Events, & Articles

NOV 11, 2019 Transcript

The Ethical Algorithm, with Michael Kearns

Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. They have made our lives more efficient, ...

MAR 7, 2019 Podcast

Global Ethics Weekly: AI Governance & Ethics, with Wendell Wallach

Wendell Wallach, consultant, ethicist, and scholar at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, discusses some of the current issues in artificial intelligence (AI), including his ...

DEC 7, 2018 Podcast

Control and Responsible Innovation of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence's potential for doing good and creating benefits is almost boundless, but equally there is a potential for doing great harm. This panel discusses ...

SEP 26, 2016 Podcast

The Pros, Cons, and Ethical Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges. What's more, by 2034, 47 percent of U....