Harvard Law School University came together around the challenge of artificial intelligence and its governance. Over four months, they took part in a rigorous two week design thinking and team building sprint, participated in a spring term course—the Ethics of AI—co-taught by Jonathan Zittrain and Joi Ito, and developed their projects throughout the three month development period.
This course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the implications of emerging technologies, with an emphasis on the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence. We will cover a variety of issues, including the complex interaction between governance organizations and sovereign states, the proliferation of algorithmic decision making, autonomous systems, machine learning and explanation, the search for balance between regulation and innovation, and the effects of AI on the dissemination of information, along with questions related to individual rights, discrimination, and architectures of control. The course will entail an intense array of learning and teaching methods. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of activities. May include Media Lab and Berkman Klein Center fellows and affiliates.