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Shannon Vallor is Keynote Speaker at AI for Humanity and Society 2023

Published: September 26, 2023

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

The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society is proud to present Shannon Vallor, Professor in the ethics of data and AI at  University of Edinburgh, as keynote speaker at the WASP-HS annual conference AI for Humanity and Society 2023.

Keynote Abstract

Human Prediction and Reflection in AI
Would you ever try to chart your path up a dangerous, unfamiliar mountain while looking in a mirror facing behind you? Today’s AI technologies are marketed as the key to predicting and navigating humanity’s uncertain future in a time of crisis. Yet are these new tools clear windows into our future, or are they looking-glass reflections of our past? Can they ever show us what we and our societies can become, where we might go anew, or what is possible for humanity to accomplish together for the first time? In the face of growing planetary and civilizational challenges that require letting go of the unsustainable ways of the past, humanity’s most urgent task is to embrace and renew our capacities for self-creation, moral imagination and above all, wisdom. AI too has a vital role to play in that task – if we have the courage to reclaim, rethink and rebuild these technologies in the name of humane futures.

More About AI for Humanity and Society 2023

As we face an increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in everyday practices, it becomes more critical than ever to examine how AI affects our lives and society. Researchers in the social sciences and humanities have made essential observations and analyses on this topic. Yet, we still need grounded, situated, and relational understandings of how AI impacts us individually and collectively.

To reach this goal, it is imperative to closely examine the norms, values, and assumptions underpinning current AI research, inquiry about the criticality embedded in scholarly practices, and question the relevance of the methods chosen. We must identify what works well for all groups in society and discuss what needs improvement or change. This is why WASP-HS welcomes researchers, representatives from industry, and policymakers to discuss these issues on 14-15 November at Malmö Live in Malmö, Sweden.

Read more and register for the conference.