Think NEXUS #Webinar: Emerging AI technology and its social and ethical implications
Think NEXUS is organising a webinar titled ‘Emerging AI technology and its social and ethical implications’, which will be held on November 24th at 18h EET (17h CET).
AI makes possible many new products and services that drive economic growth and technological innovation, worldwide, and is the key to military technology. Therefore, “AI systems” seen as automated decision systems raise countless socio-political questions, for example: who possesses the knowledge needed to take decisions? Who determines who possesses that knowledge? And to what extend AI enables influencing on public and political debate, for example through political micro-targeting and the dissemination of disinformation? Besides privacy and security, specific social and ethical issues that can be affected by AI include responsibility and predictability of algorithms, avoidance of discrimination, social exclusion, and stigmatisation, ‘winner-takes-all’ market dynamics, de-skilling, de-socialisation, and unemployment, among others.
There have been many initiatives within science, business, and government to look at AI from a social and ethical perspective. According to the European AI Strategy, ‘human-centric’ AI should, firstly, respect fundamental rights, applicable regulations and core principles and values, ensuring an “ethical purpose”. And, secondly, the technology must be robust and trustworthy. However, the semantics behind AI are not shared between both sides of the Atlantic despite the common challenge to responsibly develop and use AI technology – maximizing its benefits while minimizing risks and protecting human rights. It’s now time for shared rules and legislation.