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What is the Roundtable on AI?

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an annual private seminar of business executives, government leaders, and visionaries. It examines the implications of artificially intelligent technologies on societies, governments, communities and individuals, and the new leadership roles that are required.

This is the fourth year of the annual Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence, which explores the various nuanced issues in assessing tradeoffs between the benefits of AI and the potential negative social consequences. The Roundtable is generously supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.

This site displays the report that resulted from the 2020 AI convening that took place in Santa Barbara, CA. The series of chapters, written by rapporteur David Bollier, synthesize the ideas that emerged from participants during the two-day dialogue, aiming to develop a more sophisticated, timely understanding of the latest technology innovations affecting society.

About the Communications and Society Program

The Communications and Society Program, formerly led by Charlie Firestone, is now part of the Aspen Digital program, headed by Executive Director Vivian Schiller.  Fore more information see

Aspen Digital empowers policy makers, civic organizations, companies and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and digital media in the service of a more just and equitable world. Through convenings, fellowships, publications,  interactive toolkits, and thought leadership, we work towards values-based and human solutions to digital challenges.  Aspen Digital shines a light on urgent global issues across the news information ecosystem, cybersecurity, emerging technology, urban innovation and the technology talent pipeline — and then turns ideas into action  Our flagship initiatives include the Tech Policy Hub, Aspen Cyber Summit, Cybersecurity Group, Center for Urban Innovation, Communications Policy Roundtable, Emerging Technology Trust Initiative, and the Tech X Talent Project.