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Responsible adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) throughout society is one of the foremost challenges of the 21st century. In response, GRAIL is especially attuned to the possibilities and challenges of governing in the AI era.

Some of the questions that guide GRAIL’s work include:

  • What are the social and ethical implications of algorithms used in domains such as criminal justice, education, manufacturing, healthcare, and finance?
  • How do policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels understand AI, its benefits and risks, and policy solutions?
  • How are government, industry, and civil society governing AI? What role do members of the public, including vulnerable and underrepresented groups, have in these processes?
  • How does use of automated decision systems in government impact factors like service quality, interactions with citizens, perceived legitimacy, and citizen trust?
  • How do emerging technologies and digital communication between citizens and government impact features of democratic governance such as responsiveness, representation, and procedural justice?

As AI’s uses and impacts extend to all aspects of society, we embrace and advance interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies.