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What do we need to do to ensure that AI research and education evolve along ethical standards? How do we make trade-offs between technological innovation and 'getting it right' and where do tensions lie? Beate Rössler, Raquel Fernández and Max Welling will discuss these topics during a roundtable moderated by Natali Helberger.

Event details of Max Welling, Beate Rössler and Raquel Fernández on 'Getting it right': AI and academia
Date 27 May 2021
Time 14:00 -15:00


The event will be held online. You will receive a Zoom link after registering.

'Getting it right': AI and academia

Artificial intelligence is gaining prominence in many sectors in our society. In fields such as health care, security, agriculture and media, AI applications have the potential to offer beneficial solutions but also unprecedented disruption to the wellbeing of humanity.

In response, a growing amount of resources and attention have been devoted to AI in recent years, both in research and higher education. The University of Amsterdam has recently launched a series of ambitious initiatives, also in cooperation with public institutions and leading industry players, to position the skills and talent of its academic researchers at the centre of AI advancement and innovation processes. The removal of the numerus fixus requirement for admission to the Bachelor's in Artificial Intelligence also confirms the University's commitment to rendering AI a pivotal element of its agenda. 

But the risks and threats emerging from the expanding use of AI technologies raise ethical considerations and dilemmas that the academic community needs to address. Important questions that we, as academics, should ask ourselves include: What do we need to do to ensure that AI research and education evolve along ethical standards? How do we strike the right balance between technological innovation and 'getting it right,' and where do tensions lie? Discussing these questions will be a preliminary step to preparing the next generation of scholars and sensitising them to the need for AI that is responsible and humane. 

About the webinar series ‘Human Conversations’

This is the seventh webinar in the series ‘Humane Conversations’ which is organised by the UvA’s Research Priority Area Human(e) AI. The  webinar series Humane Conversations connects researchers from various disciplines to discuss AI research topics, with a particular focus on human-centred AI. 

About the Research Priority Area Human(e) AI

The University of Amsterdam has designated Human(e) AI as one of its research priority areas. The aim is to bring synergy to ongoing work on AI and stimulate new research at the UvA on consequences for society of rapid developments in artificial intelligence and automated decision-making.