Powerful technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) are doing amazing things. They have the potential to help humanity and improve human well-being across the globe. But since tech is playing a bigger role in our lives every day, appropriate governance is urgently needed to ensure that the benefits of AI outweigh the risks of causing harm. Gillian Hadfield, director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society at the University of Toronto, will discuss her work on the governance, regulation and certification of AI, as well as the challenges facing jurisdictions around the world in keeping up with the pace of technological development.
Gillian Hadfield, B.A. (Hons.) Queens, J.D., M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Stanford, is Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto and holds the Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society. She is the inaugural Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. Her research is focused on innovative design for legal and dispute resolution systems in advanced and developing market economies, governance for artificial intelligence, the markets for law, lawyers, and dispute resolution and contract law and theory. Professor Hadfield is a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto and at the Center for Human-Compatible AI at the University of California Berkeley and Senior Policy Advisor at OpenAI in San Francisco. Her book Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy was published by Oxford University Press in 2017; a paperback edition with a new prologue on AI was published in 2020.
Professor Hadfield served as clerk to Chief Judge Patricia Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Southern California, New York University and the University of California Berkeley, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Columbia and Hastings College of Law. She was a 2006-07 and 2010-11 fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1993. She has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Agile Governance, Future Council for the Future of Technology, Values and Policy and Global Agenda Council for Justice. She served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Education and is an advisor to courts and several organizations and technology companies engaged in innovating new ways to make law smarter and more accessible.