Why we’re doing this project
While breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, like prediction, natural language processing, and pattern and image recognition, offer promising opportunities in the form of better services, they also pose challenges in areas such as fairness, privacy, and safety. There is an increasing need to build capacity within the public policy field to ensure AI technologies are developed, implemented, and governed in ways that align with public interest objectives.
In January 2018, CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) formed a partnership to design and host five AI Futures Policy Labs across Canada aimed at generating greater awareness of the long-term policy implications of AI among emerging policy leaders, both within and outside of the civil service. This series is supported through the Government of Canada’s $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy under the leadership of CIFAR.
The AI Futures Policy Lab series builds on BII+E’s AI + Public Policy: Understanding the Shift conference in March 2018, which brought together senior government leaders, industry experts, and academics for in-depth discussions on the public policy implications of AI. This event highlighted the need for policymakers to gain an understanding of AI technology and its development in order to design agile policy frameworks that are not only reactive, but also proactive.