Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Research (AI-DR) Program

The Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Research (AI-DR) Program provides multidisciplinary, ethics-focused, training for law students and others interested in a career in law and technology, whether in industry, corporate practice, policy-making/legislation, or academia. The aim is to provide in-depth understanding of ethical issues surrounding the use of AI in various fields (including employment and labor, the workplace, education, etc) and to equip law students with both the technical and critical thinking skills to tackle these issues. The program also aims to provide hands-on direct collaboration with industry (through hackathons and other activities) to tackle pressing social problems via the responsible and ethical use of AI technologies. The program also hopes to fund future post-grad fellowships, all with an aim to recruit more underrepresented students into the law and technology field.

Upcoming Events

Artificial Intelligence Conversation with USC Annenberg’s Dr. Kate Crawford

May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Law students, faculty, staff and community members interested in artificial intelligence are invited to attend a discussion with author Dr. Kate Crawford.

Crawford will share a preview of her new book Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence,published by Yale in April 2021. Atlas of AI explores the historical origins, labor practices, infrastructures, and epistemological assumptions that underlie the contemporary artificial intelligence. Rather than taking a narrow focus on code and algorithms, Crawford offers a political and a material perspective of how AI is “made:” from lithium mines in Nevada, to the exploited workers behind “automated” systems, to the regimes of classification in training data. This talk outlines how AI functions as a registry of power, which has only amplified during the pandemic at a time of deepening inequality around the world.

This event, hosted UNC School of Law’s AI Decision-Making Research Program (AI-DR) is free and open to the public.

Registration opens mid-April.

About Kate Crawford

Dr. Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on understanding large-scale data systems, machine learning and AI in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. She is a Research Professor of Communication and STS at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at MSR-NYC, and the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure. Her academic research has been published in journals such as NatureNew Media & Society, Science, Technology & Human Values and Information, Communication & Society. Crawford’s work also includes collaborative projects and visual investigations. Her project Anatomy of an AI System with Vladan Joler – which maps the full lifecycle of the Amazon Echo– won the Beazley Design of the Year Award in 2019, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her collaboration with the artist Trevor Paglen, Excavating AI, won the Ayrton Prize from the British Society for the History of Science. Crawford’s latest book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence is published by Yale University Press in 2021.