The Asia Foundation and Stanford HAI Announce “AI Perspectives from Asia” Program

San Francisco, November 6, 2023 — The collaboration will produce research, offer educational training, and host convenings to support policymakers and civil society in the Asia Pacific region as they harness AI’s potential and mitigate its harms.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a central topic of interest and discussion for policymakers globally. Generative and other forms of AI are impacting how governments provide public services, upending economies, changing how citizens communicate, transforming work, and much more.

To assist governments and civil society in understanding and engaging effectively with AI, The Asia Foundation and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) have launched a new program to support stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific with the insights they need to effectively navigate the societal effects of this technology. Drawing on HAI’s strengths in research and education, together with the Foundation’s program footprint across more than 20 countries in the region, the new collaboration will bolster a global dialogue on AI.  

The program’s first track will focus on creating opportunities for policymakers in Asian countries to discuss and receive briefings on technical advances in AI, how AI impacts societies and inclusion, and potential policy and regulatory frameworks.

“Many countries have already begun formulating approaches to AI governance, with varying levels of technical support on the latest developments, regulatory capacity, and differing societal experiences,” says Fei-Fei Li, Denning co-director of HAI. “We want to provide support and up-to-the-minute insights needed to shape AI development to be more human-centered. We will also learn from more global approaches to AI governance and together enrich the international AI discourse with these perspectives.”

“This technology is moving so quickly that many governments and organizations are working hard to gain access to the best and most current AI knowledge,” says Laurel Miller, president and CEO of The Asia Foundation. “We hope this program will play a role as convenor and facilitator of discussions on AI policy dimensions in Asia and the Pacific and provide opportunities to ensure the region is positively impacted by AI.”

To learn more about this program and how to participate, contact: [email protected]

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