Rashida Richardson
Director of Policy Research, AI Now

As director of policy research, Rashida designs, implements, and coordinates AI Now’s research strategy and initiatives on the topics of law, policy, and civil rights. Rashida previously worked as legislative counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she led the organization’s work on privacy, technology, surveillance, and education issues. Previously she was a staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy in Brooklyn, where she worked on a wide range of HIV-related legal and policy issues nationally, and at Facebook Inc. and HIP Investor in San Francisco. Rashida currently serves on the advisory board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and the Board of Directors of the College & Community Fellowship. She received a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA cum laude from Wesleyan University.

Steven Kuyan is managing director of the NYU Tandon Future Labs, a network of business incubators and accelerators that support early stage ventures in New York City. The NYU Future Labs support entrepreneurs in technology-specific fields, such as: artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented/virtual reality, video and virtual machines, among others. To date, the unique process has graduated 95 companies — 16 as acquisitions totaling more than $500 million — for a combined valuation of graduates exceeding $1 billion. Furthermore, the companies graduating from the Future Labs have helped contribute to a $4 billion impact for NYC. Steven co-founded the Future Labs while serving as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at NYU — his alma mater and the institution where he continues to teach. Prior to launching the Future Labs, Steven founded and co-founded three ventures in mobile, B2B logistics, and retail.  He currently oversees management of the Data Future Lab, Digital Future Lab, Veterans Future Lab, and the AI NexusLab — the first program in the U.S. designed specifically for early stage artificial intelligence startups.

Steven also founded and is the editor for NYCai, an organization that works to bring together members of the artificial intelligence community — including researchers and practitioners — for programming, research support, training, and more, all to help prepare NYC for an AI future. Steven serves on the board of directors for the Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., and has spoken worldwide on entrepreneurship, incubation, ecosystem development, and artificial intelligence. Steven holds a MS and BS in Engineering from New York University.

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