This article was published by The Future Society in Policy Research on January 28, 2020

The Future Society in Best Think Tanks on Artificial Intelligence

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The Future Society has been selected as one of the ‘Best AI Think Tanks 2019’ by University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute.

Policy Research
January 28, 2020
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The Future Society is proud to have been selected as one of the ‘Best Artificial Intelligence Think Tanks 2019’ worldwide in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index report

University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute ‘The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’ (TTCSP) has over 29 years of expertise in identifying and recognizing excellence centers bridging the gap between knowledge and policymaking in key areas. The Future Society is proud to be part of such a colossal work (source).

2019 has been an important year for both the governance of AI and The Future Society, with the OECD’s publication of its AI Principles, the Global Governance of AI Forum 2019 reaching maturity, the Beijing AI Academy’s Principles for AI and the EU’s recommendations for Trustworthy AI. 2019 marked also the fifth anniversary of The Future Society, incubated as an idea by a group of tech policy professionals and enthusiasts at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). After three years of incubation at HKS, The Future Society incorporated an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit think-and-do-tank and developed a stellar team of committed professionals and engaged with experts, practitioners, policymakers globally to empower societies to wisely govern the rise of AI and other emerging technologies. 

Since The Future Society’s incorporation in 2016, the emerging AI governance field also went through significant evolution, from setting and mapping ethical principles and national strategies to finding tools and pathways to move from principles to practice. From the idea to the global organization we have become today, we have witnessed -sometimes in awe, sometimes in pain- how we all in society have managed to leverage AI and other emerging technologies. We have seen how technology can bring out the best in us – or the worst. We believe that we have a choice about it, that we can collectively decide how it is used, seizing the opportunities it presents while mitigating its risks. This selection as one of the Best AI Think Tanks by academics studying think tanks since the 1990s is an encouragement for this original idea and for the independent 501(c)3 we are today.

2020 and the coming years will be rich in junctures for society’s use of technology. We will continue tirelessly to build understanding, build bridges between citizens and decision-makers and build innovative solutions to help society make the right decisions at these junctures. We will continue to advance the global governance of AI and other emerging technologies, to finally achieve dignity, prosperity, safety and the Future Society we all aspire to.

If that is a future you believe in, we hope you’ll help us in this effort, either by joining or supporting us.