Collaboration, diversity of thought, and meaningful public engagement are key if we are to develop and apply artificial intelligence for maximum benefit. DeepMind Ethics & Society will work with a variety of partners over time in an effort to include the broadest possible viewpoints. 

The AI Now Institute at NYU

The AI Now Institute at NYU is an independent, interdisciplinary research initiative dedicated to understanding the social and economic implications of AI. AI Now conducts empirical research focused on AI across four key areas: bias and inclusion, labor change and automation, critical infrastructure and safety, and basic rights and liberties. With support from DeepMind Ethics & Society, AI Now will host ten two-year NYU postdoctoral positions to advance research related to AI Now's mission. 

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Article 36

Article 36 is a non-profit organization working to prevent harm caused by certain weapons. Led by Richard Moyes, previously Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, it is a founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The organization developed the concept of ‘meaningful human control’ as an approach to guide international discussions on autonomous weapons systems. Article 36 is also part of the steering group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and has led efforts to establish the impact of explosive weapons in populated areas as an international humanitarian priority. Previously, Richard established and managed explosive ordnance disposal projects for the UK NGO Mines Advisory Group. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter and serves on the Aviation Futures policy panel of the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. We will work with Article 36 to explore the risks of intelligent systems in international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath aims to further the public good through research into policy issues. At the heart of the IPR lies its ability to facilitate exchange between researchers, practitioners and policymakers. Bringing diverse perspectives together, the IPR produces reports, policy briefs and empirical research that inform and influence public policy debates. With an unrestricted donation from DeepMind Ethics & Society, IPR will conduct research that aims to provide a better understanding of the broader relationship between labour market changes in Europe and attitudes towards basic income and welfare. This research will assess the case for a universal basic income and alternative reform packages in Europe through comparative regression analysis and microsimulation of fiscal and distributional effects.

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The Institute for Public Policy Research

The Institute for Public Policy Research aims to shape present policy efforts and reinvent progressive politics for the future. In 2016 IPPR launched the Commission on Economic Justice, a two-year program that aims to examine the challenges facing the UK economy and to make practical recommendations for its reform. DeepMind’s co-founder and Head of Applied AI, Mustafa Suleyman, serves as a Commissioner, with a particular focus on automation and labor.

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Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI)

The mission of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is to create a new interdisciplinary community of researchers, with strong links to technologists and the policy world and a clear practical goal: to work together to ensure that humans make the best use of the opportunities presented by AI. Based at the University of Cambridge, with partners at the University of Oxford, at Imperial College London, and at the University of California, Berkeley, CFI was established with a £10 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust. With support from DeepMind Ethics & Society, CFI will launch a series of roundtables and publish new research on topics related to the interpretability of AI systems.

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Oxford Internet Institute’s Digital Ethics Lab

The Digital Ethics Lab (DELab) is part of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the world's leading research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet. DELab’s  mission is to help design a better information society. Its goal is to identify the benefits and enhance the opportunities of digital innovation as a force for good, and avoid or mitigate its risks and shortcomings. Its work builds on Oxford’s expertise in conceptual design, horizon scanning, foresight analysis, and translational research on ethics, governance, and policy-making. With support from DeepMind Ethics & Society, OII’s DELab will lead research project on explainable and accountable algorithms and automated decision-making in Europe.

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Partnership on AI

DeepMind is pleased to be founding member of the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society, a new kind of organization designed to invest more attention and effort on harnessing AI to contribute to solutions for some of humanity’s most challenging problems. The partnership on AI intends to conduct research, organize discussions, share insights, provide thought leadership, consult with relevant third parties, respond to questions from the public and media, and create educational material that advance the understanding of AI technologies including machine perception, learning, and automated reasoning.

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The Royal Society

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science, and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Royal Society will be working with DeepMind Ethics & Society to produce a public lecture series that explores cutting edge AI research and its implications for society, building on the Society’s recent projects in these areas. Lectures from leading figures in AI and those thinking about its societal consequences will provide a public forum to explore AI’s capabilities, future directions, and potential societal effects.

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The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

The RSA is a charity which seeks to harness human potential to address the challenges that society faces. The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action. DeepMind and the RSA will co-produce a series of events designed to explore the field of AI and ethics. The RSA will run a series of citizen juries on the use of AI in criminal justice and democratic debate. These events will use immersive scenarios to help participants understand the ethical issues raised by AI, and to facilitate meaningful public engagement on some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

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