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University Leaders to Convene AI Symposium in Washington, Launch AI Academic Alliance

October 23, 2023

The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute has partnered with the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship for the two-day event.

Two Syracuse University institutes are welcoming researchers, academic leaders, policymakers and journalists for discussions in Washington, D.C., about innovations, vulnerabilities and the future of artificial intelligence.

The AI Policy Symposium to be held Oct. 26-27 in the nation’s capital is organized by the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC).

The event also serves as the venue to launch the Academic Alliance for AI Policy, an academic advisory body formed to serve as a resource for lawmakers, policymakers and others seeking to regulate and better understand AI. Hamid Ekbia, director of ASPI and a University Professor, will lead the alliance.

The new alliance and AI policy will be the focus of Oct. 26 discussions at the symposium. How AI will affect the future of work, and its impact on the 2024 presidential election are topics to be discussed the following day.

Based at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, ASPI is a Universitywide initiative focused on the intersection of technology, policy and society that boasts dozens of affiliated faculty researchers across disciplines.

The IDJC engages in nonpartisan research, teaching and public dialogue aimed at strengthening trust in news media, governance and society. It is a joint initiative of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School.

In addition to the symposium, the institutes are co-sponsors of the Axios-Generation Lab-Syracuse University AI Experts Survey. The initial results initial results released in September in September found that a majority of computer science experts at top U.S. research universities wanted to see the creation of a new federal agency or global organization to govern artificial intelligence. The next wave of findings is to be released in November.

For more information:

  • Anthony Terrinoni, associate director, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute,
  • Margaret Talev, director, Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship,

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