AI for humanity

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Socially responsible and beneficial development of artificial intelligence is a fundamental component of Mila’s mission. As a leader in the field, we wish to contribute to social dialogue and the development of applications that will benefit society.

Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence

Aware of the issues raised by AI, the architects of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence propose ethical principles based on 10 fundamental values: well-being, respect for autonomy, protection of privacy and intimacy, solidarity, democratic participation, equity, diversity inclusion, prudence, responsibility and sustainable development.

This declaration, supported by Mila and most of Quebec’s AI players, needs tangible action to come alive, adapt, evolve and progress. For this reason, Mila made the decision very early in its history to actively engage in promoting the ethical use of its research. More information.

International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technologies

On December 3, 2018, Quebec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, announced the new International Observatory on the societal impacts of artificial and digital technologies. Led by Lyse Langlois, Professor of Industrial Relations and Director of the Institut d’éthique appliquée de l’Université Laval, the Observatory will bring together nearly 20 universities and colleges, as well as nearly 90 research centres, including Mila.

The initiative is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), in partnership with the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, in an amount of $1.5M per year over five years (total budget of $7.5M).

Since the beginning, the laboratory founded by Yoshua Bengio has defined its projects based on real needs on the ground. These projects have a positive impact on people and humanitarian issues such as disaster management (in partnership with the Red Cross), agriculture, the environment, climate change, promoting diversity and inclusion (BiaslyAI), and promoting French in AI (Data Franca). With the Montreal Declaration, Mila has given itself the means to achieve its ambition to become the global authority in responsible AI development.

Through its privileged position and unique model, Mila must contribute to the development of a stimulating research and innovation environment and the creation of a flourishing artificial intelligence ecosystem for the benefit of Quebec society. More information.

Artificial Intelligence on a Social Mission

The conference AI on a Social Mission is organized by AI Impact Alliance (AIIA), an organization of multidisciplinary professionals and organizations working to study and improve the social, legal, ethical and political impacts of artificial intelligence. Through inclusive and multidisciplinary events, we create an environment conducive to exchange between sectors and disciplines.

For more information, please follow the conference website or watch this video.

AI for Good Summer Lab

The AI For Good Summer Lab was founded in 2017 by Angelique Mannella and Professor Doina Precup. It’s the first of its kind, focused not only on innovative approaches to teaching and learning Artificial Intelligence (AI), but also with the ambitious goals of tackling diversity and inclusion in AI research and development, and inspiring the next generation of technical leaders to develop AI as a force for social good.

The Lab takes place over 7 weeks (May 8 to June 21 2019) and brings together a cohort of 30 women from across Canada. More information.


“Vers une IA par et pour l’Humanité” (Towards an AI by and for humanity): talk (in French) given by the Réseau des diplômés de l’Université de Montréal. umontreal/