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AI Futures Policy Lab: Toronto pilot summary

An overview of activities and insights from participants during the first AI Futures Policy Lab we hosted in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
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AI Futures Policy Lab: Toronto pilot summary
​Sarah Villeneuve
Policy Assistant
August 22, 2018
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This one-day workshop aimed to increase the capacity of emerging policy leaders to address complex issues related to the development and application of AI in public life. The lab incorporated strategic foresight and collaborative brainstorming activities to encourage critical thinking on a number of possible AI scenarios based in 2028. This was the first in a series of five workshops that will take place across Canada throughout the remainder of 2018.

Read this report to help you:
  • Understand the process for thinking through potential AI scenarios
  • Gain insight into emerging policymakers thinking on developing AI policy

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Key findings and key recommendations:

  • While the development of novel AI capabilities and applications will require new policy solutions, the policy process will remain relatively the same
  • Policymakers should not think of AI in the abstract, and must consider the specifics of the application and context when designing policy

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Aug 22, 2018

An overview of the Toronto pilot of the AI Futures Policy Labs, a series of workshops for emerging policymakers across Canada created in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
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