AI for Humanity and Society 2021

Time: 13.00 – 16.30

Welcome to the second WASP-HS Conference on AI, Humanity and Society – a meeting place for dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems with a strong focus on research in humanities and social science.

The theme of the Conference of 2021 is Shaping a Future with AI – The Role of Policies. Developments in the field of AI have spurred debates regarding the future of our society. Expectations and concerns flourish in these debates. This conference addresses the role of policies for shaping a better future with AI. The future impact of AI will depend on the actions and decisions that governments, firms, organizations, and individuals take today. ​

The conference brings together leading international scholars and the Swedish WASP-HS research community to discuss policies and actions to support the high expectations and address pressing concerns regarding our common future with AI. ​

Confirmed Speakers

Susan Athey, Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Athey received PhD from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. Her current research focuses on the economics of digitization, marketplace design, and the intersection of econometrics and machine learning. As one of the first “tech economists,” she served as consulting chief economist for Microsoft Corporation for six years, and now serves on the boards of Expedia, Lending Club, Rover, Turo, and Ripple, as well as non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action. She is the founding director of the Golub Capital Social Impact Lab at Stanford GSB and associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

Debjani Ghosh, President of the National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM). As the NASSCOM President, she actively works with the industry and Government to accelerate the growth of the Industry. With multiple feathers in her cap, before joining NASSCOM, she was the first woman to lead Intel India and the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), she was also a member of the executive council at NASSCOM. Debjani holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and an MBA degree in marketing from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai, India.

Blanche Segrestin, Professor at Mines ParisTech, head of the Center for Management Sciences, where she holds the Chair “Theory of the Firm. Models of governance and Collective creation”. Her research focuses on the theory of the firm, governance and corporate law, and management of innovative capabilities. She published several books on the history and the theory of the modern corporation and on possible (re)-forms of corporate law. The program she leads with Armand Hatchuel and Kevin Levillain inspired the new status of “Société à mission” in the French Corporate Law. She is awarded as Jubilee Professor at Chalmers University for 2020.

Chairs of the Conference

Nicolette Lakemond
Nicolette Lakemond, Professor, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University
Oskar Nordström Skans
Oskar Nordström Skans, Professor, Department of Economics, Uppsala University

Gunnar Holmberg, Adjunct Professor, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University

Conference Program

13:00-13:15 Welcome and opening
Tora Holmberg, Vice-rector, Uppsala University

13:15-14:00 Leveraging AI for Social Good
Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM
Virginia Dignum, Program Director of WASP-HS
Anna Nilsson Ehle, experienced director and board member with a demonstrated history of working in the manufacturing and automotive industry

14:00-14:30 Regulating Business to Do Good – the New French Corporate Law
Blanche Segrestin, Professor of Management Services at MinesTech Paris
Kerstin Sahlin, Chair WASP-HS

14:30-15:00 Intermission

15:00-15:45 AI and Economic Policy for the Greater Good
Susan Athey, Professor of Economics at Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Georg Graetz, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Uppsala University 
Susanne Ackumm Senior Lecturer, and Dean at the School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University

15:45-16:15 Ending Panel Discussion 

16:15-17:30 Mingle

The event will take place in a hybrid format with the possibility to attend the conference in person at the Uppsala University in the Main Building (Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala).