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Stanford University invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. This effort, called the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, or AI100, is the brainchild of computer scientist and Stanford alumnus Eric Horvitz who, among other credits, is a former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.


The Standing Committee consists of a group of AI leaders with expertise in computer science, sociology, ethics, economics, and other disciplines. The Committee provides the Study Panel with questions for the report, which is planned once every five years, probing critical areas of AI development addressing the major risks and dangers of AI, its effects on society, its public perception and the future of the field.

Study Panels convene every 5 years to examine some aspect of AI and its influences on society and the world. The Study Panel is comprised of core multi-disciplinary researchers in the field—experts who create artificial intelligence algorithms or study their influence on society as their main professional activity, and who have been doing so for many years.


The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) at Stanford is overseen by a Standing Committee with rotating membership. A Faculty Director provides administrative and programmatic oversight. The Standing Committee is charged with nurturing and extending the mission of the program. A key responsibility of the Standing Committee is to assemble and track studies undertaken at five-year intervals. The Standing Committee recruits a Study Panel, which works over a year’s time to assess developments with the advances and influences of AI on people and society, and provide assessments and recommendations in a final report and public presentation. Such reports include reflections and guidance on scientific, engineering, legal, ethical, economic, and societal fronts.