Research

An Interdisciplinary Approach

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We are committed to producing high quality research to advance the global understanding of the context, dynamics and consequences of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, biotechnology, blockchain, neuro-technologies, and others. We have developed a methodology that relies on the integration of three complimentary properties: Anchored in Academia, Oriented Towards Action and Impact and Powered by Collective Intelligence.

Our methodology unlocks the potential for a rigorous understanding of governance and impact of the techno-scientific revolution. With the expansion of digital and social media to all corners of the world, we believe that the power of collective intelligence is a ripe opportunity to engage large and diverse communities to shape our future.

Conducted through a variety of on-line and off-line initiatives, we curate unique collaborations by bringing together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. We seek deep insights through constructive cross-pollination of views, knowledge and expertise.

Our Publications

Governments around the world are coming to terms with the fact that AI will profoundly transform their economies and societies. The Future Society holds a profound belief that the world is undergoing a radical transformation, across industry, cities, regions and nations; and that this necessitates innovative interdisciplinary thinking and dialogue between governments, industry, techno-science and civil society.

The fact is, AI offers tremendous potential for humanity, but also very serious downsides and risks. Governing its rise means striking the right balance as the technology deploys and scales. This is critical in an ever more competitive and interdependent world where markets, industry value-chains and knowledge creation processes are deeply integrated. With the velocity and magnitude of the AI Revolution, we are locked, as it were, together on a rocketship, hurtling towards what we hope will be an exciting new world. It's up to us to work together to make sure we avoid the many obstacles along the way to build the future society that we want.

This is a quest that demands pragmatism and cooperation. That is why The Future Society believes this table-setting dialogue we convened is so important. There are many more who must come to the table, but those of us who gathered in Half Moon Bay this past June are part of a proof-of-concept for how leaders in technology, industry and civil society can build bridges of understanding. We'd like to thank all the speakers, partners, and participants for being a part of this seminal gathering, and very much hope you'll stay engaged as we work to build more bridges in the coming months.

FACTS Reports is an international, peer-reviewed journal, devoted to promoting field-based activities with open access around the world. In 2017, alongside the Veolia Institute, we published a report on “Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in the City,” which focussed on understanding what the AI revolution means for our cities; both in terms of opportunities for sustainable urban development as well as the risks it presents. Our analysis brought together thought leadership from AI experts, academia, civic tech and public sector to holistically assess implications of this revolution for future cities.

The Future Society was commissioned by the OECD to produce a robust analysis and a guiding practice report titled “Making the AI Revolution work for Everyone”. Our analysis, which covered a range of topics from definitional boundaries of AI to addressing the policy challenges this revolution presents, provided detailed insights on AI advances to help shape economic policies. This high-impact, multi-disciplinary research informed policy makers confronting technological change.

Although there is near universal agreement on the customary norms governing armed conflict there has been no international discussion on applying these standards to the incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents used in support of military operations. Our parameters for discussion set a foundation for framing the evolving nature of law of armed conflict in the context of the AI revolution.