The following is an abbreviated excerpt from Acting Executive Director Rebecca Finlay’s opening letter in PAI’s 2020 Annual Report
It is impossible to look back on the last year and not think about the innumerable changes, great and small, that have transformed the world. At the same time, this act of reflection makes it even clearer what has remained the same. Perhaps above all, what has persisted is the critical need for community in our lives. In the field of artificial intelligence, the Partnership on AI (PAI) has worked from its very founding to meet this need.
With a Partner community that spans sectors, disciplines, and borders, PAI has always been an extraordinary organization. As we enter the new year, what stands out are the successes in consensus-building, alignment, and collaboration facilitated by this diverse set of perspectives.
In this year’s annual report, you will find the vision, mission, and values statements we solidified in 2020 with the help of our Partner community. You will also learn more specifically about the impact of PAI and our Partner community. Additionally, you will hear from some of the Partners who make this community so special.
As you turn through these pages, I hope you will enjoy all of these highlights from the last year. Download our 2020 Annual Report to start doing so now.
As Acting Executive Director, I look forward to PAI continuing to be a nexus for so many organizations considering the future of AI development and deployment. This would not be possible without the contributions of Terah Lyons, who departs as Executive Director after guiding PAI from its first steps to its greatest strides. I would also like to recognize PAI’s engaged Board of Directors for their vision and leadership. In the coming weeks, we’ll be in touch about work underway to renew PAI’s strategic plan in consultation with Partners.
We thank all of our Partners for their insight, their enthusiasm, and, above all, their unwavering commitment to a future where AI empowers not just some, but every one of us.