This article was published by The Future Society in Special Projects, The AI Initiative on September 26, 2018

A Global Civic Debate on Governing the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

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The Future Society and its AI Initiative coordinated an unprecedented 7-month civic consultation open to the public to better understand the nature, dynamics, and consequences of the rise of AI (

Special ProjectsThe AI Initiative
September 26, 2018
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We have designed and led an unprecedented 7-month Global Civic Debate. Engineered through the online collective intelligence platform Assembly and over 20 global events, we assembled a diverse community of over 2,000 participants from around the world, with over 3,300 contributions in five languages (English, Chinese, French, Japanese and Russian), to garner novel insights on the governance of AI. This has helped build a holistic understanding of the various global perspectives on the governance of AI. Our report was released at the European Parliament in Brussels on September 2018.

The full report and executive summary are available in English here:

Given the diversity of contributions to this Global Civic Debate, we have also translated the executive summary in 4 other languages: