Webinar; 18 June 14.00-15.00 CEST

The exploration of artificial intelligence within universities continues to demonstrate how new technologies can enhance, transform or complement long-standing practices in learning & teaching, research and institutional management. As this culture of experimentation takes hold within institutions, excitement and appetite for innovation continue to build. But as the impact of these technological advancements become more tangible for the user, their limitations – as well as their capabilities – are increasingly exposed. Within the university sector, and across society more broadly, concerns are raised about the quality and integrity of data used in developing AI tools. The apparent threats to citizens’ privacy and other civil liberties have put ethics at the centre of the debate around the deployment of AI.

With the adoption of the AI Act, Europe is emerging as a frontrunner in seeking to protect citizens’ freedoms and ensure that humans stay in control of life-impacting decisions. But how will the essence of this legislation translate to the institutional setting? As universities continue to innovate and build momentum in the rollout of AI, it is essential they look beyond the immediate application of new technologies. Universities’ responses to AI need to consider the place of artificial intelligence within the wider institutional mission and the potential impact of these technologies in society.

This webinar will address the evolution of human-machine interaction, the climate impact of AI, and (un)democratic access to new technologies as key considerations in integrating AI technologies.  Speaker presentations will trigger reflection among participants on the responsible adoption of new technologies and how this aligns with universities’ values and broader mission to society.

Speakers

  • Hallvard Fossheim, Leader, National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT), University of Bergen, Norway
  • Gerolf Nauwerck, Business Architect, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • James Mackay, Associate Professor, Literature and Digital Cultures, European University Cyprus
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