The Future Society is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit think-and-do tank.
Artificial Intelligence is not science-fiction. It is already changing the world now.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help us fight diseases, save lives and protect the environment, but AI can also create more inequalities, injustice and unemployment for many people in the world. AI has its opportunities, but it also has its risks.
Different people mean different things when they talk about AI. Some see a software tool, others see a big transformation in the economy. Some see a scientific field, others see a danger for humanity. These different views and the ways we talk about AI are all making it hard to decide what to do to benefit from AI.
AI will change many aspects of our lives. These changes are not up to chance: everyone and every community should decide how AI is used. Citizens, politicians, programmers, scientists, businesspeople, artists, … everyone should understand these changes and decide what to do about them. We at The Future Society believe intelligent collective discussions and actions on this topic are needed and our mission is to advance the responsible adoption of AI for the benefit of humanity.
To do this, we build understanding, we build bridges and we build innovative solutions.
We build understanding of what AI is and its impacts. We do research to better inform everyone and to help decision-makers do the right thing. Our research gives actionable ideas for enjoying the benefits of AI and avoiding its risks.
We build bridges between people caring about AI and how it changes our lives. We bring different groups of people together, online and offline, to share ideas and opinions and to work together towards common goals.
We build innovative solutions to help communities and people all over the world enjoy the benefits of AI and avoid its risks. We bring together ideas and people to create tools that we can all use to make sure AI benefits everyone.
senior decision-makers engaged
We have managed to enable and fuel reasonable progress on the global governance of AI. Across our public events, we have engaged over 6,000 senior decision-makers globally, be they legislators, industry representatives, academics, civil society advocates or regulators. With our various platforms, we have also engaged over 25,500 citizens. Through our education programs, we have taught 250 students and senior executives from public and private sectors about various aspects of AI governance. This would not have been possible without over60 institutional partners, such as the World Bank, UNESCO, IEEE, OECD, H5, Microsoft and The Future of Life Institute. As the governance of AI concerns us all, we recognize that global diversity is crucial. This is reflected not only in our team, but also in the fact that the thousands of people we have engaged with so far come from over 100 countries across 5 continents.
With this broad engagement across all levels of decision-making, we have played a significant role in the establishment of two complementary global regimes of principles for AI. The first one has emerged from the OECD and informs ministerial-level decision-making among its 34 member states and beyond, as it has been endorsed by the G20. It has been complemented by an AI Policy Observatory tasked with supporting and measuring the deployment of the AI Principles into practice. The second one comes from the IEEE which gathers over 400,000 members in 160 countries. The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethically Aligned design of A/I Systems set of principles aims to guide system architects, engineers and practitioners worldwide in the safe and ethical design of AI. We have also contributed to and informed the creation of six promising global governance processes and initiatives: the “AI Commons” (and its basis, the “AI for Good” UN Global Summit in Geneva), the “Global Data Commons“, the “AI for Sustainable Development GoalsCenter” (AI4SDG), the “Council for Extended Intelligence” (CXI), the “Global Partnership on AI” (GPAI), and the Global Governance of AI Forum (World Government Summit in Dubai). We strive to do even better and to ensure that more underrepresented voices are brought around this global table.
We know that the global, interdisciplinary, practice-oriented, and multistakeholder nature of AI governance demands innovative strategies, approaches, tools and methodologies. The Future Society has been established to fill this gap in the global landscape. Here is what makes us stand out.
↓ What makes us different
1. Global Reach & Network
We advance the governance of AI in a globally inclusive way, amplifying neglected global voices. That’s why we have engaged with thousands of decision-makers from over 100 countries; why our team, advisors and affiliates are spread across 22 countries; and why we have organized roundtables, courses, research, workshops and shared knowledge on 5 continents.
2. Institutional Innovation
We are institutional entrepreneurs. The challenges and opportunities posed by the rise of AI require novel governance approaches, architectures, and constructs to help forge new social contracts adapted to our times. That’s why we are spearheading the creation of new institutions: the AI Commons Initiative, the International Panel on AI (IPAI), the IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems, the Global Governance of AI Forum, the Global Data Commons, the AI for Sustainable Development Goals Center and the Council on Extended Intelligence.
3. Independence & Trust
We are independent from multinational corporations. Our expertise, professionalism and commitment to advancing the global governance of AI have earned us the trust of key stakeholders in the ecosystem, from government, industry, international organizations, academia and civil society. That’s why we strive for diversified sources of funding, for partnerships that safeguard intellectual honesty and for balanced panels and boards. As we grow our organization and our funding base, we’ll continue to improve our governance and standards of accountability.
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We know that the rise of AI is a complex phenomenon, and that in order to address it effectively we must bring together a very diverse group of experts and practitioners around the latest collective intelligence tools and methodologies. Through our carefully crafted and curated workshops, forums, conferences and online dialogues, we generate actionable policy options and pathways.
5. Omni-stakeholder Participation
We work to engage with a wide and diverse set of stakeholders in the community, drawn from the fields of industry, government, academia, international organizations, and civil society organizations. Given the systemic complexity, uncertainty, and velocity associated with the rise of AI, we believe that governance pathways, frameworks and protocols can only be sustainable if they result from the participation of a wide and deep range of stakeholders. That’s why we anchor our work in the mobilization of the latest collective intelligence methodologies & tools.
6. Strategic Timeline
To govern the rise of AI wisely and effectively, we believe it is of paramount importance to work across time horizons, and reconcile policy challenges and opportunities in the short, medium and long term. That’s why throughout our activities, we articulate the issues strategically: we consider the implications of tomorrow’s problems for today’s decisions and vice versa. We seek to reconcile preoccupations of the end of the day, the end of the month, and of the end of the world.