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December 10, 2020

Enrique Piracés Participates in AAAS International Human Rights Day Forum on Responsible AI

Throughout 2020, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has explored the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on society and the responsibilities of developers and policymakers associated with emerging technological developments.

On December 10, 2020 (International Human Rights Day) CHRS Technology Program Director Enrique Piracés joined CHRS Research Fellow Megan Price and AAAS's Jessica Wyndham to discuss AI applications that have the potential to benefit human rights causes. From early warning systems that can detect the likelihood of abuse; to image recognition that can identify and process refugees faster and more efficiently upon seeking asylum; to machine learning tools that scan websites and newsfeeds for human trafficking operations and alert proper authorities, there are a number of ways in which AI might remedy the shortcomings of existing technologies or scientific tools. In this half-hour program, Enrique, Megan, and Jessica considered the risks AI technologies pose to undermining human rights and what steps need to be taken to ensure violations do not occur.

The video of this event is available from AAAS.