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An AI pioneer who is at the vanguard of establishing norms for the global governance of AI


We are witnessing the progressive, unrelenting, and irreversible advent of artificial intelligence in every aspect of our lives and in the functioning of all institutions of society. The magnitude of the transformation under way is such, that the World Economic Forum has characterized it as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Like previous industrial revolutions, it is certain to cause global disruption and substantial redistributions of wealth and power within societies and across nations. But beyond its impact on the life, liberty, work, and wellbeing of the world’s citizens, this revolution is likely to challenge our very conception of what it means to be human.

This talk will address the nature, challenges, and opportunities of the AI revolution, the common and distinct characteristics it has from prior industrial revolutions, and how policy-makers, corporations, and citizens alike can help humanity prepare for and reap the benefits of artificial intelligence while mitigating its risks.

About H5

H5 is a Silicon Valley-based company, which  pioneered the application of artificial intelligence in the US civil justice system in the early 2000s. H5’s artificial intelligence systems were found as early as 2009 to outperform human attorneys in groundbreaking studies conducted by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. H5 has been actively engaged in the public policy dialogue related to the emergence of artificial intelligence in critical societal domains, both in the United States and internationally, in order to help societies reap the benefits of this emerging technology, while mitigating its risks.

The Future Society

The Future Society (TFS) is an independent 501c3 non-profit think tank originally incubated at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a mission to advance the global governance of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.

TFS leverages an extensive network in Paris, London, Brussels, Washington D.C., New York, Silicon Valley, and Dubai to convene policymakers, technologists, academics, civil society, and business leaders in an effort to establish globally-recognized norms for the ethical development and deployment of technology across our societies.



Nicolas Economou is the chief executive of H5 and was a pioneer in advocating the application of scientific methods and artificial intelligence to legal systems. He serves as co-chair of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, chair of the Law Committee of the Global Governance of AI Roundtable hosted in Dubai as part of the annual World Government Summit, chair of The Future Society’s Science, Law and Society Initiative, and is a member of the Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI), a joint initiative of the MIT Media Lab and IEEE-SA.

Nicolas has been featured in Forbes magazine, and has spoken on issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and its governance at a wide variety of conferences and organizations, including the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Nicolas was a member of the Law and Judiciary policy committee for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Trained in political science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva (Switzerland), he earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and chose to forgo completion of his M.P.A at Harvard’s Kennedy School in order to co-found H5.