OCTOBER 16, 2018

Will Call: 5:30 PM
Doors open: 6:00 PM
Program: 6:30-9:00 PM

NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY

Registration is required to attend the live event and seats are available on a first come first served basis. Space is limited.

Watch the AI Now 2018 Symposium livestream from 6:30-9:00 pm EST

Join the conversation online and submit questions to our panels: #ainow2018 @ainowinstitute

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions about the event.


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].

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Year in Review

Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now Institute

A Closer Look at Facial Recognition

Nicole Ozer, ACLU of California
Timnit Gebru, Google AI; Black in AI
Sherrilyn Ifill, NAACP Legal Defense Fund


Astra Taylor, Writer, Documentarian, Organizer
In conversation with Kate Crawford, AI Now Institute

Austerity, Inequality, and Automation

Vincent Southerland, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU
Philip Alston, NYU School of Law
Virginia Eubanks, University at Albany, SUNY

Litigating Algorithms

Kevin De Liban, Legal Aid of Arkansas
In conversation with Kate Crawford, AI Now Institute

Research, Organizing, and Activism

Meredith Whittaker, AI Now Institute
Rashida Richardson, AI Now Institute
Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University



Astra Taylor

Writer, Documentarian, Organizer

Rashida Richardson

AI Now Institute

Virginia Eubanks

University at Albany, SUNY

Kate Crawford

AI Now Institute

Meredith Whittaker

AI Now Institute

Sherrilyn Ifill

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Kevin De Liban

Legal Aid of Arkansas

Nicole Ozer

ACLU of California

Timnit Gebru

Google AI; Black in AI

Lucy Suchman

Lancaster University


NYU School of Law

Vincent Southerland

Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU


Past Symposia