The AI Shift: Implications for policymakers

The AI Shift: Implications for policymakers provides a summary of insights from guest speakers and facilitated participant discussions during the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship’s one-day conference, AI + Public Policy: Understanding the shift, hosted in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Policy Innovation Hub.

This event was among the first of its kind in Canada, designed to develop a shared understanding of the core technical concepts and historical context among multi-sectoral participants, and to encourage deliberation surrounding the cross-cutting challenges and public policy implications of AI. It explored changes in technical capabilities of AI, their commercial applications, and changes needed in how government responds and how sectors collaborate.

This report provides a summary of the opportunities and challenges that AI presents to policy makers, analyzing insights from guest speakers and facilitated participant discussions.

Read this report to help you:

  • Understand the technical and commercial evolution of AI research and industry
  • Identify the public policy implications of AI and the challenges and opportunities that AI poses to society
  • Gain insight into the role of government in this evolving technical landscape

Key findings from the report:

  • There is a need for deliberate conversation amongst policymakers, technologists, social scientists and broader communities that will be impacted by a shift toward a prediction-centred society.
  • Further exploration of the potential benefits and challenges of applying AI in the delivery of government service and internal decision-making is needed.

For an overview of the key concepts and cross-cutting issues discussed in this report, please see our Intro to AI for Policymakers: Understanding the shift. For more information on the conference, visit AI + Public Policy: Understanding the shift. To participate in or learn more about our work in this area, please get in touch at aipublicpolicy@brookfieldinstitute.ca

For media enquiries, please contact Coralie D’Souza, Director of Communications, Events + Community Relations at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.

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