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Emerging Tech Projects

These fifty-three specific projects, initiatives, and programs leveraging emerging technologies for the public interest were identified in the process of creating the Pathways Through the Portal report. These organizations were either discovered during our original research or were directly suggested by one or more of the 24 field leaders we interviewed for the report.

#BlockSidewalk

What has brought us together over the past year and a half is a wide-ranging and ever-increasing list of concerns about the project, not to mention growing frustration with a public engagement process that is unable to address these concerns effectively, given that it is led by and paid for by the company hoping to win “the big contract.”

cat-icon Toronto, ON, Canada
cat-icon 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

AI for conflict detection

Analyzes satellite imagery to detect on the ground conflict and/or human rights violations using remote sensing and digital forensics.

AI Now partnership with ACLU

“We are increasingly aware that AI-related issues impact virtually every civil rights and civil liberties issue that the ACLU works on”

cat-icon New York, NY, USA

Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find the services they need, right now and nearby.

cat-icon 33 Elizabeth Street, Richmond VIC, Australia

BeeMonitor

Open source project using Raspberry Pis and sensors to learn about the health of a bee colony by monitoring the temperature and humidity inside and outside the hive over multiple years.

cat-icon Snowdonia National Park, United Kingdom

Climate Change AI

Climate Change AI aims to facilitate work at the nexus of climate change and machine learning.

CONSUL AI experiment

The experiment will test whether machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) can effectively cluster similar proposals and recommendations from ‘like minded citizens’ on the Consul digital democracy platform

Conversations with Bina

A quest for friendship with a humanoid robot turned into a rabbit-hole of questions and an examination of the codification of social, cultural and future histories at the intersection of technology, race, gender and social equity.

Data for Good group

We are a collective of passionate socially minded people who are empowering social change makers to be better by allowing their data to speak to them.

Doxbox Trustbot

The portable unit interviews users about the apps, services and digital providers they interact with, reveals what these providers know about their users, then tells the user stories about what the effects of this may be and provides recommendations regarding their level of trustworthiness, relating to the individual themselves and to other people who may be more or less impacted by the same use or misuse of the data that accumulates around their digital life.

Fast AI

Deep learning is transforming the world. We are making deep learning easier to use and getting more people from all backgrounds involved through our: free courses for coders, software library, cutting-edge research, and community