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AI & Society Workshops

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Workshops generate a deeper understanding of how AI impacts health, security, and culture.

CIFAR’s AI & Society workshops bring together diverse experts from across disciplines, sectors and borders to address some of the most fundamental challenges posed by AI.

The workshops have explored topics related to ethical medicine in AI, the use of AI to address the climate crisis, and the role of AI as an amplifier of inequality for vulnerable populations.

Two calls for proposals for international AI & Society workshops were initiated in 2018.

Digital Age workshop participants
Indigenous Protocol and AI participants
Participants at the Regulation of defense and security AI technologies workshop discuss arms control in the age of AI
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March 2018 – October 2018

AI & Society Workshops: Call One

The first international call was completed in October 2018 and resulted in four successful applications. Each of the workshops brought together a diverse group of 20-25 international experts that explored issues of international significance.

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June 2019 – June 2021

AI & Society Workshops: Call Two

In August 2018, CIFAR launched an international call for proposals in partnership with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI). The partnership funded six proposals led by experts in Canada, France and the U.K. on important societal questions arising from AI. These proposals addressed topics such as trust in AI systems, the impact of algorithms and digital recommendation systems on culture, and, fairness, interpretability, and privacy for algorithmic systems.

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Panelists in discussion at the Canada-U.S. AI Symposium on Economic Innovation
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Exploring the unique opportunities and challenges of AI-supported technologies.

The Canada-U.S. AI Symposium on Economic Innovation brought together Canadian and American experts to explore innovative approaches to public policy. Discussions focused on how AI strategies could promote economic growth while mitigating potential societal risks. The symposium was developed in partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the U.S. Consul General in Toronto.

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