AI Futures Policy Lab: Ottawa summary

This report provides a summary of the activities and content covered during the AI Futures Policy Lab hosted in Ottawa, Ontario in partnership with CIFAR
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AI Futures Policy Lab: Ottawa summary
​Sarah Villeneuve
Policy Analyst
December 17, 2018
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About this Report

On November 22, 2018, CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) convened 28 emerging policymakers from across sectors in Ottawa, Ontario. This event engaged early- to mid-career policymakers from the public, private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors. The event in Ottawa was the fourth in a series of five labs that CIFAR and BII+E have been hosting with the goal of raising awareness of current AI capabilities and applications, increasing the ability of policymakers to respond to AI developments, and contributing to early thinking on the future of AI policy in Canada. Previous events have taken place in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Combined with the most recent engagement in Ottawa, these labs have engaged over 90 emerging policymakers.

Overall, the labs are designed to encourage critical thinking, collaborative brainstorming, and the development of policy recommendations in relation to current AI applications.

Are you an emerging policymaker interested in participating in an upcoming AI Futures Policy Lab? Contact Sarah Villeneuve at sarah.villeneuve@ryerson.ca.

Read this report to help you:
  • Learn about the design process and content considerations necessary to cut through the hype associated with AI’s development, while still providing engaging and relevant material.
  • Understand the best format for facilitating conversations with emerging policy leaders on AI.
  • Explore early-stage policy recommendations developed by emerging policymakers in Ottawa through collaborative and forward-looking conversations.

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Key Findings:

  • There is a need for more explicit policy to guide the development and use of AI in both public and private sectors.
  • There is a desire for an independent government body to oversee and evaluate AI’s impact on society.
  • AI decisions must be made transparent to increase trust and public buy-in.