Digital Intelligence Safety Research Institute

Digital Intelligence

Developing new frameworks for machine learning, artificial intelligence, and decision-making technologies

The Digital Intelligence Safety Research Institute (DISRI) gathers world-renowned experts to work at the intersection of digital intelligence and safety science.

Digital intelligence takes many forms, from machine learning algorithms that help doctors make life-or-death medical decisions to computational systems that manage traffic flow through a city. What unites these technologies is their increasing ubiquity in our world — and their growing impacts, both positive and negative, on human health and safety.

DISRI’s mission is to understand those impacts through fundamental research, to mitigate risks and, ultimately, to help ensure that digital intelligence is built with safety, ethics, and equity in mind.
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Revealing the Risks

Like all transformational technologies, applications of digital intelligence can create unintended consequences. Algorithms that learn from human decisions can replicate bias and discrimination in their own decision making. Systems that aggregate huge stores of data, including sensitive personal information, can introduce profound risks to privacy. At the most basic level, even best practices for assembly, validation, and curation of data remain to be agreed upon by those who create, utilize, or are impacted by decision-making technologies.

These threats can pose challenges to human safety and well-being at both the individual and societal levels. It is critical that we understand and address them now, so that digital intelligence delivers the greatest possible benefit to humanity and leaves no one behind. DISRI is working urgently toward that goal. 

Our work begins with rigorous, interdisciplinary research. In addition to growing its own research capacity, DISRI is partnering with talented investigators at other leading institutions to break new ground at the junction of safety science and digital intelligence.

 

DISRI is working to build bridges across disciplines, organizations, sectors, and geographies to ensure that what we learn has both an immediate — and lasting — impact. Together with our partners, we aim to develop new frameworks for digital intelligence that incorporate safety as a core priority at the earliest stages of development.

Working collaboratively to put groundbreaking research into practice

Our work begins with rigorous, interdisciplinary research. In addition to growing its own research capacity, DISRI is partnering with talented investigators at other leading institutions to break new ground at the junction of safety science and digital intelligence.

DISRI is working to build bridges across disciplines, organizations, sectors, and geographies to ensure that what we learn has both an immediate — and lasting — impact. Together with our partners, we aim to develop new frameworks for digital intelligence that incorporate safety as a core priority at the earliest stages of development.

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