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International Experts Discuss Sweden’s Future Artificial Intelligence Policy

Published: November 17, 2021

Participants at the AI for Humanity and Society 2023 workshops. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg

Artificial intelligence experts from around the world – including Swedish universities, Stanford, Paris University of Technology MINES, and the Indian Chamber of Commerce NASSCOM – will gather on 18 November to discuss and propose plans for reforming Sweden’s national and corporate artificial intelligence policies. The conference, with the theme “Shaping the Future of AI – The Role of Policies”, is organized by WASP-HS, a national research program on artificial intelligence, and hosted by Uppsala University. The conference is part of the annual AI for Humanity and Society series and will take place both on-site and online.

РThe future impact of AI will depend on the actions and decisions that governments, companies, organizations and individuals take today, says conference organizer Nicolette Lakermond, Professor at the Department of Economic and Industrial Development at Linköping University.

Developments in the field of AI have given rise to many debates about the future of our society, and both expectations and fears abound in these debates. Bringing policy and research closer together to shape informed decisions and strategies is one of the main objectives of the conference. During the conference, economic principles and regulations around AI will be discussed.

– Policy plays an increasingly important role in the development and use of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems,” says Virginia Dignum, Program Director at WASP-HS. We see that the development of artificial intelligence is no longer just a matter of technology or computation, but a truly multidisciplinary and multifaceted activity. Many stakeholders are involved, from legislative proposals such as the European AI Act to work on industry standards and guidelines and principles for trustworthy and responsible artificial intelligence, such as those issued by UNESCO or the OECD.

Leading international researchers will speak at the conference, such as Susan Athey, Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM, and Blanche Segrestin, Professor of Management Science at MINES ParisTech.