Policy Matters Posting for November 15, 2016: AAAS

AAAS Policy Issues and Events

In our survey of organizations related to AI & policy, this post reminds us of the potential opportunities to partner with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, particularly the Center of Science, Policy, and Society. While AAAS policy issues are usually not directly about AI, a regular look at their Policy Alert notifications is useful for larger policy issues and opportunities for SIGAI to be involved.

A recent event directly related to AI policy was the 41st Annual AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy. At the panel “Best Friend or Worst Nightmare? Autonomy and AI in the Lab and in Society,” AI professionals discussed the role of policy in integrating new technologies into people’s lives, particularly for autonomous systems.

Also keep in mind the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships and encourage applications by AI professionals in the spectrum of career stages, from recent PhD graduates to faculty on sabbatical to retired scientists and engineers.

The 2016 Leadership Seminar is a Science & Technology Policy “crash course” being held this week. This and other policy events at AAAS may be useful for future participation by SIGAI members.

We welcome your comments to this blog and ideas sent to lrm@gwu.edu.

As a reminder, our goal is to post AI & Policy information on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Policy Matters at AAAI FSS-16

The AAAI Fall Symposium Series on November 17-19, 2016, comprises six symposia, all of which are relevant to AI public policy:
Accelerating Science: A Grand Challenge for AI
Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction
Cognitive Assistance in Government and Public Sector Applications
Cross-Disciplinary Challenges for Autonomous Systems
Privacy and Language Technologies
Shared Autonomy in Research and Practice.

Themes include human-machine relationships and the need for stakeholders to be in dialogue about legal impacts and potential legislative actions. Public policy must address the encouragement or discouragement of short-term technology development goals, the longer-term implications of autonomous systems, and the increasing influence of AI on human activities.

Should the creators of autonomous systems be responsible for the actions of those systems?
Could autonomous systems gain personhood and legal responsibility?

We welcome your comments and perspectives!

If you are able to participate in FSS-16, we look forward to you giving your ideas and questions at the symposia. If you cannot attend, please let us know questions you would like asked by adding your comments and discussions in this blog posting. We also welcome your ideas sent to lrm@gwu.edu so they can be shared at FSS-16.

Public Policy Post

Welcome to our new AI public policy blog section!

News for October 27, 2016:

NSF yesterday released a statement in support of the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.

Check out the National AI R&D Strategic Plan.

NSF released a “Dear Colleague” letter encouraging reproducibility in computing research.

Note that the USEC 2017 call for papers includes AI. The deadline is December 1.

Please contribute information about AI public policy issues to this blog. You may also send email to Larry Medsker at lrm@gwu.edu for posting.

Larry