The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Professor Joichi Ito
Spring 2018 course
T 5:00pm - 8:00pm
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: By Permission. Please visit to access the application and read more about the course. The deadline for application is November 6th, 2017.

Exam: No Exam

This course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the development and deployment of the opaque complex adaptive systems that are increasingly in public and private use. We will explore the proliferation of algorithmic decisionmaking, autonomous systems, and machine learning and explanation; the search for balance between regulation and innovation; and the effects of AI on the dissemination of information, along with questions related to individual rights, discrimination, and architectures of control.

The course will meet at MIT and will entail a diverse array of learning and teaching methods, and students will be expected to participate in a variety of activities that will involve interaction with Berkman Klein Center and Media Lab fellows.

The course will commence with intensive weekend sessions on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2018. Classes will meet on Tuesdays from February 6th to April 10th, 5 pm to 8 pm at MIT.


This course is also jointly-listed with FAS as COMPSCI 90nbr and HKS as DPI-687.

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, Legal & Political Theory