The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund announced a $7.6 million fund that aims to bolster the development of artificial intelligence in the public interest.
The $7.6 million will be split between nine organizations, including the MIT’s Media Lab, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center and seven other research centers around the world.
The fund will focus on three initial core areas:
- Media and information quality
- Social and criminal justice
- Autonomous cars
“Artificial intelligence will affect every aspect of modern life,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “The issues of ethics and governance of new and pervasive technology are complex and profound, and the work must not only involve technologists. This initial round of support, focused on the three areas of media, criminal justice and autonomous vehicles, is just a beginning."
The initial fund of $27 million was launched in January 2017 with support from Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Jim Pallotta.
An initial round of funding of $5.9 million was destined to support the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the MIT Media Lab. The two institutions serve as the fund’s anchor institutions, operating as a primary base of activity in advancing the goals of the effort.
The projects will address challenges such as the global governance of artificial intelligence and the use of artificial intelligence to reinforce existing biases, particularly against underserved and underrepresented populations.
The fund also announced $1.7 million in support to seven organizations which will complement the anchor institutions: Digital Asia Hub (Hong Kong), ITS Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), AI Now (New York), Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Cambridge, United Kingdom), Access Now (Brussels, Belgium), FAT ML (Global), and Data & Society (New York).