AI for Humanity and Society 2022

Dreams, Realities, and Futures:
Risks and Consequences of AI in Formative Times

Welcome to the third 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.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has never been so topical as it is today. The use of AI is more common than it has ever been before. The use of AI raises many questions and issues for businesses, NGO’s, researchers and politicians. In these formative times, the possibilities, risks, and consequences of AI have never been more pressing. Today, all actors that come into contact with, create, or work with AI have different experiences of its practical realization and in the challenges that they perceive.

At  the WASP-HS conference AI for Humanity and Society 2022, actors from different sectors and areas of society meet in order to share experiences, formulate challenges and expectations and envisage how a more rapid development of AI can be managed in a sustainable way for society and humanity, which includes, human rights as well as economy and ecology

Questions that will be touched upon are pivotal political issues, for example, how AI can be regulated in a way that supports research and innovation but still respects the rule of law and human rights. How can we organize society so that it can take into account the advantages and possibilities of a rapidly developing AI?

Of special interest for the conference is AI and human rights in the sense that it takes an interest in how AI relates to biases, justice, equality, predictability, and transparency. However, rather than proposing algorithmic solutions to these problems the conference aims to highlight these questions as part of producing regulation and legitimacy in a wider social and organizational context. 

No AI system can be completely transparent or just, and the ethics of AI cannot solely focus on the design of transparent and just systems. Sustainable AI solutions need to consider social, legal, as well as institutional dimensions of AI systems. How do we then think about adapting systems to different societies, contexts, and organizations? How do we create responsible research and innovation that is also aware of different societies, contexts, and organizations? How do we imagine a better future with AI systems?


Keynote Speakers

Abeba Birhane
Complex Software Lab in the school of computer science at University college Dublin

Abeba Birhane is a Senior Fellow in Trustworthy AI at Mozilla Foundation. Her interdisciplinary research explores various broad themes in cognitive science, AI, complexity science, and theories of decoloniality. Birhane examines the challenges and pitfalls of computational models (and datasets) from a conceptual, empirical, and critical perspective.

An economist by training, Martin Ulbrich has been working on digital issues for more than twenty years in the Commission from different angles. He has joined the AI policy team in 2018, contributing to the drafting of the White Paper on AI and the impact assessment of the AI Regulatory Act proposal. Before joining the AI unit in 2018 he had worked most recently on the impact of digitisation on the labour market, and before that on geoblocking and on the economics of networks.

Martin Ulbrich has previously worked among others in the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, where he analysed ICT research across the EU, as well as in its industrial policy and transport departments.

Martin Ulbrich
Senior Expert in the AI policy Unit (CNECT.A.2) of the European Commission


Preliminary Program

The conference AI for Humanity and Society is a hybrid event and takes place both on-site and online. Please note that the program will differ slightly if you choose to participate online. The conference is held in English only and is free of charge.

9:30-10:00 Coffee

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction
Anna-Sara Lind, Professor of Public Law, Uppsala University
Francis Lee, Associate Professor, Technology and Society, Chalmers University of Technology
Virginia Dignum, Professor, Program Director of WASP-HS, Umeå University

10:15-11:00 Tomorrow’s AI Politics: Which Roads will Follow?
Martin Ulbrich, Senior Expert in the AI Policy Unit (CNECT.A.2) of the European Commision

11:00-12:00 Mapping the Grand Social Challenges of AI
More information will be provided soon.

12:00-13:30 Lunch, Coffee, and Mingle

13:30-14:30 AI for All Humanity?
Keynote Speaker Abeba Birhane, Complex Software Lab in the School of Computer Science at University College, Dublin
Discussants
Jeroen van den Hoven, Professor of Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology
Maria Marouda, Chair, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
Jennifer Rhee, Associate Professor at the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University

14:30-15:30 Afternoon Coffee and Theme Corners

15:30-16:15 Discussant Panel: What’s Next for Social Sciences and the Humanities in AI?
Discussants
Pernilla Johnsson, Ericsson Research and WASP-HS Board
Anders Sandberg, Senior Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
Katherine Harrison, Associate Professor, Docent, Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA), Linköping University
Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management

16:15-16:30 Concluding Words
Anna-Sara Lind, Professor of Public Law, Uppsala University
Francis Lee, Associate Professor, Technology and Society, Chalmers University of Technology

16.30-17:00 Cocktail and Mingle 


Registration

Please note that all served food is vegetarian.


Conference Chairs

Anna-Sara Lind

Anna-Sara Lind
Professor, Department of Law,
Uppsala University

Francis Lee

Francis Lee
Associate Professor, Technology and Society, Chalmers University of Technology


Further Questions

For further questions regarding the event, please contact our event coordinator.

Portrait Photo Tatyana Sarayeva

Tatyana Sarayeva
Event Coordinator
tatyana.sarayeva@umu.se