Montreal Artificial Intelligence Ethics Institute launches call for applications for inaugural fellowship

The Montreal Artificial Intelligence Ethics Institute (MAIEI) has announced the launch and worldwide call for applications for its inaugural 2019-2020 MAIEI Fellowship. This one-year, non-residential global fellowship program is designed to amplify the work of a diverse range of practitioners and researchers in the ethical, safe, and inclusive development of AI.

“A key differentiator of the MAIEI Fellowship is our focus on applied experiments,” said Renjie Butalid.

“MAIEI was founded to help define humanity’s place in a world increasingly characterized and driven by algorithms,” says Abhishek Gupta, founder of MAIEI. “Treating AI as inherently good overlooks the important research and development needed for ethical, safe and inclusive applications. Poor data, inexplicable code or rushed deployment can easily lead to AI systems that have a detrimental impact on society.”

MAIEI and the AI Ethics community includes over 1,350 members and has contributed to public policy recommendations, including the recent Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.

“A key differentiator of the MAIEI Fellowship is our focus on applied experiments,” said Renjie Butalid, co-founder of MAIEI. “We highly encourage field experiments that are driven by and for communities that will be impacted by AI. We believe that MAIEI Fellows will contribute to the creation and adoption of many technical and policy measures that address ethical, safety and inclusivity concerns in AI development.”

MAIEI invites applications from people working on a broad range of opportunities and challenges related to the societal impacts of AI. This includes, but is not limited to, software engineers, scholars and researchers from all fields, as well as artists, philosophers and practitioners of all backgrounds. Broad topics of interest at MAIEI include social inclusion in AI, Mission-driven AI, AI Ethics in Medicine, Algorithms in Politics, the Malicious use of AI, Embedding values into machines, Algorithmic Discrimination, Algorithmic Impact Assessments, and Data Privacy and Access Controls.

Deadline for applications is Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 11:59PM ET. Potential applicants can find more information here.

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