This article was published by The Future Society in Policy Research, The AI Initiative on March 16, 2021

Democratizing AI for Humanity: A Common Goal (Springer Press, 2021)

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The chapter ‘Democratizing AI for Humanity: A Common Goal’ in the new book Reflections on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity (2021, Springer Press) introduces the AI Commons following the Global Forum on AI for Humanity in Paris, France.

Policy ResearchThe AI Initiative
March 16, 2021
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The chapter ‘Democratizing AI for Humanity: A Common Goal’ in the new book Reflections on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity (2021, Springer Press) is co-authored by Nicolas Miailhe, R. Buse Çetin, Yolanda Lannquist and Cyrus Hodes with Amir Banifatemi and Alexandre Cadain following the AI Commons event at the Global Forum on AI for Humanity in Paris, France.

The AI Commons was born in 2017 from the collective efforts of a group of individuals and organizations towards sharing AI resources in order to harness it for social and economic improvements. Foundational workshops, reflections, and gatherings resulted in the identification and formulation of an open knowledge and collaborative framework. This idea has led to the formation of an international nonprofit organization – the AI Commons. 

The organization has gathered experts in academia, industry, startups, international organizations, nonprofits and beyond to support the creation of a knowledge hub in problem solving with AI that can be accessible by anyone. The hub is based on the concept of a collaboration framework and access to AI resources. It is intended to help accelerate identifying problems that can benefit from AI capabilities on a global level. It also aims to be a catalyst for supporting diversity and inclusivity in AI applications and to inform governance, policymaking and investments around the deployment of beneficial AI solutions. 

The AI Commons held a workshop on October 28th, 2019, in Paris during the Global Forum on AI for Humanity (GFAIH). The workshop followed previous sessions organized by The Future Society at the Global Governance of AI Forum in Dubai (World Government Summit; February 2019), in Montreal (March 2019), and at the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva (ITU, XPRIZE and UN Agencies; May 2019)