Eric Sears

Artificial intelligence is poised to have a transformative impact on people around the world. While AI-related technologies hold great promise to help solve a range of problems, there is a need to consider and address the potential ethical and legal risks they pose. The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence is a timely initiative that establishes a forum for industry, civil society, and academia to come together and rigorously examine the potential risks and create best practices that aim to mitigate them, thereby helping to ensure that AI benefits as many people as possible.

Eric is a Senior Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He leads MacArthur’s grantmaking to strengthen civil liberties and civil rights in the digital age, and address the social and rights-based implications of new and emerging technologies through research, policy, and practice. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and the Future of Trust Network. Eric has previously worked at Human Rights First in New York City and Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C. where he carried out a range of research and advocacy initiatives. While at Amnesty, Eric launched and managed the organization’s campaign aimed at reforming U.S. counterterrorism policies and helped establish the organization’s Crisis Prevention and Response program. Eric holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from Saint Louis University.