Toward AI Systems that Augment and Empower Humans by Understanding Us, our Society and the World Around Us

This report describes results from an initiative to organize a community of researchers and innovators around a research program that seeks to create AI technologies that empower humans and human society to vastly improve quality of life for all. The introduction describes the context and motivation for an initiative to organize the Humane AI community. Section 2 describes the Humane AI Vision to create the foundations for AI systems that empower people and society. This section describes enabling technologies and lists required innovations in a broad spectrum of areas including Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Robotics, Human Computer Interaction, Natural Language Processing and Conversational AI.

Section 3 details the research challenges that must overcome to meet this vision. These include new approaches to learning, reasoning, and planning, new theories and techniques for multimodal perception and modeling to enable intelligent systems to perceive and model humans, and human behaviours, human language, and social interaction, new theories and methods for combined human-machine intelligence, where AI and humans interact and collaborate. Section 3 also describes the challenge of assuring that the symbiosis of humans and AI systems, and the need for new technologies that enable AI systems that are ethical, legal and responsible by design, in accordance with European ethical, cultural and social values.