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Governing AI With Intelligence

AI Norms

Governing AI With Intelligence

While there is a growing consensus on the challenges of artificial intelligence and the opportunities it offers, there is less agreement over exactly what sort of guardrails are needed. What instruments can unlock the technology’s promise while mitigating its risks? Across the globe, myriad initiatives attempt to steer AI in socially desirable directions. These approaches come in different shapes and sizes and include ethics principles, technical standards, and legislation. While no universal strategy is likely to emerge, certain patterns stand out amid the diversity—patterns that constitute a thickening web of AI norms. They offer hints as to what it might mean to govern this evolving technology intelligently.Read More

AI Governance

Bringing Communities In, Achieving AI for All

Bringing Communities In, Achieving AI for All

Mounting evidence indicates that the output of artificial intelligence models exacerbates social inequity and injustice. How can funders, universities, developers, and the government address these problems and ensure that AI tools benefit all of society?Read More


Refik Anadol Studio, "Living Archive: Nature"

What Can Artificial Intelligence Learn From Nature?

The artists, architects, data scientists, and researchers of the Refik Anadol Studio envision generative reality as a fusion of technology and art, where artificial intelligence is used to create immersive environments. Read More

Medical Research Funding

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Medicine Means More Than Molecules

Sindy Escobar Alvarez and Sam Gill have recently become concerned that philanthropy has been reinforcing an existing system of recognition and prestige tied to circumscribed paths of scientific inquiry. Has medical research funding been excluding some science that may have incredible potential to improve human health?Read More

The Ongoing Transformation

A Road Map for a New Era in Biology and Medicine

On the latest episode of The Ongoing Transformation, Lydia Contreras, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, discusses what RNA is and its potential for innovations in biology, medicine, agriculture, and beyond.Read More

In Focus

A Justice-Led Approach to AI Innovation

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On the Front Lines of Change: Reporting From the Gulf of Mexico

In many respects, the Gulf is on the front lines. Massive disruptions brought by climate change, the need to transition to a new energy economy, and the potential collapse of vital ecosystems are on the horizon for the nation as a whole, not just the Gulf region.

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Ten Years Into the Gulf Research Program

The Gulf of Mexico is on the front lines of change. But massive disruptions brought by climate change, the need to transition to a new energy economy, and the potential collapse of vital ecosystems are on the horizon for the nation as a whole.Read More

Emergency Management

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The Roots That Ward Off Disaster

Recent disasters have strained the Gulf’s ability to respond. Building capacity for local emergency management agencies and disaster research could help the region cope—and thrive.Read More

The Loop Current

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A Scientific “Forced Marriage” Takes on the Mysteries of the Loop Current

Decisionmakers need insights on how this powerful current shapes hurricanes, fisheries, energy supplies, and life in the Gulf of Mexico. An ambitious project to collect data and predict the current’s erratic behavior is compelling scientists to cross disciplines as well as borders.Read More

The Energy Transition

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How Will Carbon Capture Transform Port Arthur, Texas?

Advances in engineering and financial incentives are putting a Gulf Coast city at the forefront of the energy transition. Can policies make good on promises to clean the environment and create jobs?Read More

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