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

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.