As a champion of democratic values and trained scientist who places humanity at the center of AI innovation, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen – president of the European Commission is recognized for HAI 2020. Courtesy/AIWS
BOSTON, MA — The AI World Society Thursday announced the History of AI 2020 Awards. The HAI Awards recognize people and achievements in the AI world that are pioneering, meaningful, and influential.
The History of AI 2020 Awards for Achievement go to:
AlphaFold – the solution to a 50-year-old grand challenge in biology, developed by DeepMind. “This breakthrough demonstrates the impact AI can have on scientific discovery and its potential to dramatically accelerate progress in some of the most fundamental fields that explain and shape our world.”
“Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values” – the first comparative study of AI policies and practices sets out a methodology to promote AI that is trustworthy and human-centric. Professor Mireille Hildebrandt called the report “a trove of materials to enable mutual learning strategies.” Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna said the report is a “vital resource for global policymakers . . . comprehensive and incredibly valuable.”
Deep Understanding – a concept pioneered by Professor Judea Pearl for the development of AI systems that could minimize the creation of large data sets. Deep understanding challenges the common view that meaningful AI requires intensive data collection.
GPT-3 – a natural language program that produces news articles and technical manuals, creative essays, and computer code often difficult to distinguish from human output. GPT-3 also raises challenging ethical questions about machine-generated text.
Social Contract for the AI Age – a framework for a new social contract to ensure peace, security, and democracy in the modern era. The World Leadership Alliance, the largest association of former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democratic governments, have endorsed the Social Contract.
The History of AI 2020 Awards to Individuals go to:
President Ursula von der Leyen – The incoming President of the European Commission, von der Leyen has led efforts to establish a regulatory framework for AI, opposed black box algorithms, and called for a Transatlantic Agreement on Artificial Intelligence, based on democratic values, including “human rights, pluralism, inclusion, and the protection of privacy.”
Joy Boulawamini – a Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist based at the MIT Media Lab, Buolawamini founded the Algorithmic Justice League to challenge bias in AI systems. In 2020, her research helped persuade Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft to suspend facial recognition technology, one the most controversial applications of AI.
The History of AI 2020 Awards will be featured at the AI World Society City. The AI World Society (AIWS) City, established in collaboration with the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid, and the United Nations Academic Impact, is a virtual digital city dedicated to the principle of the Social Contract for the AI Age.