[spelt .athinktank, pronounced AI-think-tank]
Based in Cape Town, South Africa .athinktank undertakes law focused AI research and advisory projects. Our mission is to support leading edge artificial intelligence policy development and research with [truly] human ideas. We value curiosity and creativity over process and efficiency meaning our outputs are autonomous not automated. We avoid tailoring generic products and services to suit specific challenges. Instead, we see our work as a craft – aiming to solve critical questions with unique and thoughtful answers. In this way we buck trend by always keeping humanity as the beating heart informing our tech research.
Mark Gaffley, founder of .athinktank, has degrees in arts and law. At present, he is reading for his PhD in jurisprudence at the University of Cape Town where his research focuses on the ethics of AI. He is a purpose driven person with broad start-up, in-house legal and research experience, gained with leading local and international companies and think tanks including Uber, Takealot, Media24, Human Sciences Research Council and simple.Capital(). He is a co-author of the recently published book Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South Africa (HSRC Press), the first major investigation of the real and potential human rights implications of the 4IR in South Africa.