OCTOBER 16, 2018


NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY

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Ai Now 2018 Symposium

Ethics, Organizing, and Accountability

Over the past year, research and advocacy have continued to expose bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies–from law enforcement’s use of facial recognition to healthcare algorithms that drastically and erroneously cut benefits for the sick. Yet even in the face of increased public awareness and concern, the rapid adoption of these systems across sensitive social and political domains continues, with little oversight or transparency.

Efforts to grapple with these challenges frequently focus on the importance of “AI Ethics,” but questions remain about how to translate ethical promises into meaningful accountability. In parallel, we have also witnessed a shift in urgency and tactics, as academics, advocates, and tech workers organize against the unchecked influence and impact of AI systems.

The AI Now 2018 Symposium will address the intersection of AI, ethics, organizing, and accountability–examining the landmark events of the past year that have brought these topics squarely into focus. What can we learn from them and where is there more work to be done?

Growing out of an initiative from the Obama White House, the annual AI Now Symposium convenes academic, industry, policy, and civil society experts to understand the biggest challenges we face as AI moves into our everyday lives.

Talks will be livestreamed and later archived on our website. The live-event will have an ASL interpreter and the livestream will have closed captioning. If you have specific questions about access, please write at least two weeks before the event and we will make every effort to accommodate you: [email protected].



Brian Brackeen


Nicole Ozer

ACLU of California

Vincent Southerland

Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU

Kevin De Liban

Legal Aid of Arkansas


NYU School of Law

Virginia Eubanks

University at Albany, SUNY

Lucy Suchman

Lancaster University

Sherrilyn Ifill

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Marisa Franco


Timnit Gebru

Google AI; Black in AI


Past Symposia