Responsible AI Institute Hosts Annual RAISE Event: Charting the Future of Responsible AI

AUSTIN, TEXAS – December 14, 2023 – Responsible AI Institute (RAI Institute), the non-profit enabling global organizations to harness the power of responsible AI, hosted its annual RAISE 2023 event on December 12. The virtual event recapped a year of valuable achievements and set the stage for future endeavors in responsible AI. This year’s theme was Charting the Future of Responsible AI.

The event featured the RAISE Leadership in Responsible AI Awards, sessions reviewing the achievements of 2023, an outlook for 2024, and a panel discussion on “The Future of Responsible AI: Emerging Trends, Challenges, A Call To Action.”

Leadership in Responsible AI Awards

RAISE 2023 highlighted the Leadership in Responsible AI Awards, honoring pioneers at the forefront of the responsible AI movement and celebrating the accomplishments of the RAI Institute’s large and diverse member base. Award nominees and recipients were chosen based on a public nomination and voting process, as well as direct input from RAI Institute community members.

This year’s esteemed RAISE Leadership in Responsible AI award winners include:

Var Shankar, executive director at RAI Institute, said “We thank all of our members, supporters and the broader responsible AI community for their commitment to our efforts. Congratulations to the 2023 RAISE award winners and nominees! This year, we’ve seen major changes in how organizations use AI. The responsible AI community has come a long way. RAISE is not just a celebration of these achievements but a milestone towards even greater strides in responsible AI use.” 

RAISE 2023 was designed as both a reflective and forward-looking summit, showcasing the advancements in responsible AI during the past year, the growth of the RAI Institute, and the individuals and organizations driving this progress.

Dynamic Discussions

The panel discussion on “The Future of Responsible AI: Emerging Trends, Challenges, A Call To Action” was moderated by Alyssa Lefaivre Škopac, RAI Institute’s head of global partnerships and growth with speakers Kai Zenner, head of office and digital policy advisor for MEP Axel Voss; Ashley Pantuliano, deputy general counsel of AI at OpenAI; Dr. Paul Dongha, group head of data and AI ethics at Lloyds Banking Group; and Josephine Yam, CEO and co-founder of Skills4Good AI. 

This illuminating panel discussion explored emerging trends, challenges and imperatives for responsible AI. Panelists examined frontier technologies like generative AI and discussed risks requiring vigilant governance. They also issued a call to action — how can practitioners, policymakers and the public actively shape an AI future that works for the benefit of humanity? 

Manoj Saxena, founder and chairman at RAI Institute, reflected on the Institute’s growth and RAISE 2023, saying, “This has been a pivotal year for the RAI Institute, characterized by remarkable growth in our membership and the incorporation of innovative tools around responsible generative AI. As an action-oriented ‘do tank,’ we are excited to scale our Assessments, Benchmarks and Certifications in the coming year, 2024.”

Building a Community of Innovation

RAISE 2023 and future annual RAISE events aim to unite the RAI Institute’s members and the wider AI community. The annual event is a platform for sharing insights, fostering collaboration, and driving the responsible AI agenda. RAISE is a call to action for attendees and the broader AI community to actively participate in the responsible AI movement.

Watch the RAISE 2023 Recording

How to Become a RAI Institute Member 

RAI Institute invites new members to join in driving innovation and advancing responsible AI. Collaborating with esteemed organizations like those mentioned, RAI Institute develops practical approaches to mitigate AI-related risks and fosters the growth of responsible AI practices.

About Responsible AI Institute (RAI Institute)

Founded in 2016, Responsible AI Institute (RAI Institute) is a global and member-driven non-profit dedicated to enabling successful responsible AI efforts in organizations. RAI Institute’s conformity assessments and certifications for AI systems support practitioners as they navigate the complex landscape of AI products. Members include leading companies such as Amazon Web Services, Boston Consulting Group, ATB Financial and many others dedicated to bringing responsible AI to all industry sectors.

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