AIhub – leading organisations form new charity to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence

15 April 2021

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to impact our everyday lives. Empowering everyone to learn about AI, and how it’s used, will be instrumental to making sure the benefits are shared more broadly across society. aims to enable everyone to know about AI, learn about the latest research, and get involved. Our content is free, high-quality, fair and impartial. In a bid to reduce hype and report accurately, all information is produced by those working directly in the field, without filter or intermediary. Our contributors are AI experts from across the globe representing the many subdisciplines that comprise the field.

Our journey began five years ago when executive trustees Sabine Hauert and Tom Dietterich met at AAAI and started a discussion around improving the public understanding of artificial intelligence. From this conversation, they set out to build, to connect the AI community to the public. One year on from our official launch, and with support from leading international AI organisations, AAAI, ACM SIGAI, AIJ/IJCAI, CLAIRE, EurAI/AICOMM, ICML, NeurIPS, and RoboCup, we are pleased that “The Association for the Understanding of Artificial Intelligence”, which manages, has recently been awarded charity status in the UK.

According to Tom Dietterich, executive Trustee, “Much of the information about AI that is presented to the public is sensationalized, either because it reflects story lines from science fiction or because research institutions and scientists are trying to gain attention. provides dispassionate, fair coverage of the advances – and the shortcomings – of emerging AI technologies.” Dietterich adds that “Another advantage of AIhub is that it covers the full range of AI methods, not just the latest neural network results.”

The aims of the charity are to “Advance the education of the public in the field of artificial intelligence, including the science, applications, and ethics of artificial intelligence, and by the free dissemination of authoritative, high-quality, research and useful accessible information about such research”.

Sabine Hauert, who is also an executive Trustee, points out “I’m excited we’ve gained charity status, it shows that we’re aiming to do good and really reflects our educational purpose”, and “in all my conversations with the public, there is a clear thirst to learn about technologies such as AI, but it’s not always obvious where to go for useful, truthful information that is accessible. I’m hoping AIhub can serve this role.“

In 2020, we published over 230 posts, written by over 100 contributors, from 20 countries across the world. At the end of last year, we launched a focus series covering the use of AI to help meet the UN sustainable development goals. Each month we tackle a different goal, and so far we’ve published articles on good health and well-being, climate action and quality education.

Managing Editor, Lucy Smith, notes that: “It’s been great to cover the field of AI over the past year, through research summaries, interviews, podcasts, and conference reports. In my role, I get to see a vast amount of research spanning the breadth of AI. There is so much going on in the field at the moment, as evidenced by our monthly digests which give a flavour of the latest happenings in the AI world.”

Appointed to represent each supporting organisation, the trustees that have guided us to this point are all leading experts in their respective fields: Kamalika Chaudhuri (USA), Sanmay Das (USA), Tom Dietterich (USA), Stephen José Hanson (USA), Sabine Hauert (UK), Holger Hoos (NL), Michael Littman (USA), Michela Milano (IT), Carles Sierra (ES), Oskar von Stryk (DE), Zhi-Hua Zhou (CN).

Trustee Holger Hoos, who represents CLAIRE, said: “The public image of AI is quite heavily influenced by hype, exaggeration and science fiction. Especially as AI technologies are more broadly deployed, it’s very important to make available unbiased, high-quality information on AI – what it is (and isn’t), what it can and can’t do, what it should and shouldn’t do. That’s precisely what AIhub is about, and it’s great to have so many of the world’s leading AI experts involved in it. CLAIRE is therefore very happy to work closely with AIhub on its mission for AI for Good and AI for All.”

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