Announcing 66 finalists in the AI and the News Open Challenge

“Ethical Markets congratulates all the winning entries into this Open Challenge on reporting on human-trained machine learning, often termed in the advertising slogan: “AI”. As we report, “LET’S TRAIN HUMANS …BEFORE WE TRAIN MACHINES” there is nothing artificial about this human-created human trained machine intelligence, it is best understood as “bias in-bias out“ after the famous computer term:“garbage in-garbage out“! All 666 winners of these Knight Foundation grants can help  dispel the hype!

Hazel Henderson, Editor”

Today, we’re excited to share the 66 finalists in the AI and the News Open Challenge, which is investing $750,000 in ideas that shape the impact artificial intelligence has on the news and information landscape.

The finalists come from around the world and across universities, newsrooms, start-ups and major policy centers. Their projects address a range of topics, but demonstrate a keen interest in making AI work for unique community and cultural contexts, for using multidisciplinary solutions to this multifaceted issue, and more.

You can read all about them on the site of the  Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, which led this challenge in coordination with the anchor institutions leading the initiative, the MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Winners will be announced next year.

A big thank you to the 500 applicants who submitted their ideas, and shared their concerns about the future of AI and its impact.


Tim Hwang
Ethics and Governance in AI Initiative

Paul Cheung
Director, Journalism and Technology Innovation
Knight FoundationMeet the finalists