Two Workshops, a Report, and a 100-Year Study of AI and Society

  • Lara Streiff


A 100-year-long study of artificial intelligence — known as the AI100 — is now working toward its second report to reflect on, and predict, the societal impacts of AI technologies.
When the project was launched in 2014, an interdisciplinary group of experts gathered to assess the effects AI has on its users and their communities, as well as the technology itself. The first report titled Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030 is a reference for those in government and industry, as well as for the general public, on how to interact with AI. It covers eight sectors spanning from transportation and healthcare to entertainment.
As we enter the next decade, a second report looms on the horizon. This follow-up report presents an opportunity to reflect on the booming changes to the industry and resultant impacts on society since the first study findings were released. While maintaining a level of continuity, this next report is expected to aim a broader lens on the influences of these technologies worldwide. It will also explore human-centric applications in greater depth, to touch upon the personal connections between individuals and AI technologies.
The human element is increasingly important as interactions with artificial intelligence expand through applications like autonomous vehicles, increasingly capable search engines, and electronic personal assistants. Debating ethics, purpose, intention, and deployment of these technologies will remain an ongoing challenge for this study. To reflect these realities, the committee is expected to include scholars from disciplines such as philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and critical studies in addition to AI scientists and engineers.

How to Cite
Streiff, L. (2020). Two Workshops, a Report, and a 100-Year Study of AI and Society. AI Magazine, 41(2), 93-95.