The Future Can Be Bright: Enlisting Artificial Intelligence to Promote Human Rights

Vivek Krishnamurthy will describe how emerging business and human rights norms can be used to channel the development of AI in ways that advance human rights outcomes.

​Artificial intelligence is transforming the world before our eyes, raising profound concerns about its impacts on human rights. While the prevailing discourse has mostly focused on the negative human rights impacts of AI, in this talk Krishnamurthy will describe how emerging business and human rights norms can be used to channel the development of AI in ways that advance human rights outcomes.

Vivek Krishnamurthy is Counsel in the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP, a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, and an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Vivek’s teaching, scholarship, and legal practice focus on the complex regulatory and human rights-related challenges facing businesses that operate across borders, both in cyberspace and in real space. He advises companies, governments, and activists on the human rights impacts of new technologies and is a frequent public commentator on emerging technology and public policy issues. Along with his colleagues at the Berkman Klein Center, Vivek is the author of a landmark study for the Government of Canada that evaluates the risks and opportunities for human rights that artificially intelligent systems present.

Vivek was previously the Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic and a member of the Global Network Initiative’s Board of Directors. He is a Rhodes Scholar and clerked for the Hon. Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada upon his graduation from Yale Law School.

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Co-sponsor(s): Promise Institute for Human Rights; Impact@Anderson