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The Baker Institute for Public Policy published the Policy Brief “Toward a Comprehensive Brain Deal to Harness the Potential of Artificial Intelligence” co-authored by EMEA President, Prof Rym Ayadi and EMEA Advisory Board members, Harris Eyre MD PhD and Theo Edmonds, J.D., M.H.A., M.F.A.

With the rapid emergence of large language models like ChatGPT, alarm bells are sounding loudly about the risks of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) — both for what we know about its capabilities, and what we do not. There are very real concerns about the impact of AI on our brains. AI could also have detrimental effects on our social lives and even our jobs.

Designing effective policy to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of AI therefore requires a better understanding of the human brain. Establishing a comprehensive “Brain Deal” that advances new policies, datasets, and projects is one way to ensure that AI is used for good. This Brain Deal would encompass policymaking across a number of fields — from the economy and education to health care, social services, and digital infrastructure.

This policy brief highlights the need to continue to advance brain science and management tools and translate our new knowledge and findings into effective policymaking and implementation. Establishing an effective Brain Deal is at the core of this effort.

Paper authors: Harris A. Eyre, M.D., Ph.D.; Walter D. Dawson, Ph.D.; Ryan Abbott, M.D., Ph.D., J.D.; Karen Silverman, J.D.; Shuo Chen, J.D.; Rym Ayadi, Ph.D.; Steve Carnevale; Stephen T. C. Wong, Ph.D., P.E., Michael Berk, M.D., Ph.D.; Upali Nanda, Ph.D.; Geoffrey F. L. Ling, M.D., Ph.D.; Michelle Tempest, M.D.; Jo-An Occhipinti, Ph.D.; Seema Shah, Ph.D.; Julia Mahfouz, Ph.D.; Ernestine Fu, Ph.D.; Ian MacRae; Gabriel Esquivel; Theo Edmonds, J.D., M.H.A., M.F.A.; Felice Jacka, Ph.D.; William Hynes, D.Phil; Grace Wickerson; Pawel Swieboda

The paper is available at

Link to EMEA publications

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, also known as the Baker Institute, is an American think tank on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1993, it functions as a center for public policy research.

Harris Eyre MD PhD, is member of the EMEA Advisory Board, and fellow with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Theo Edmonds, J.D., M.H.A., M.F.A., is member of the EMEA Advisory Board, director of the University of Colorado Denver’s Imaginator Academy and serves on the national board of directors at Americans for the Arts.

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