EVENTS

Kyoto University, 11th International Conference on Applied Ethics – 15-16.12.2018

Kyoto University, 11th International Conference on Applied Ethics – 15-16.12.2018

Our Talks (December 16):

Machine Learning in Healthcare and its Effects on Clinical Research – by Cansu Canca
A New Viral Epistemology – by Laura Haaber Ihle
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The theme of the 11th International Conference on Applied Ethics is “Science, Technology, and Future Generations”.

Osaka University, Robotics Labs – 10–14.12.2018

Osaka University, Robotics Labs – 10–14.12.2018

Talk: AI-Robots Shaping Human Decisions
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Robots that use AI systems have the capacity to interact with people as intelligent agents. This interaction becomes almost seamless when such robots process and use natural language to converse with individuals and utilize facial and bodily expressions to complement the conversation. As natural language processing, speech synthesis, and robot expressiveness develop further, we should expect AI-robots to ‘blend in’ to our normal course of life as companions and coaches among others. Such AI-robots present novel ethical questions regarding their communication of information. Decisions that determine how AI-robots communicate information will affect individuals’ knowledge formation, decision-making, and goal determination.

Middle East Technical University, 3rd National Applied Ethics Summit – 28-30.11.2018

Middle East Technical University, 3rd National Applied Ethics Summit – 28-30.11.2018

 

Invited Talk: IRBs for AI: An Unintelligent Choice (November 29)

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“Middle East Technical University Department of Philosophy and Center of Applied Ethics (UEAM) organize the 3rd National Congress of Applied Ethics. With rapid developments in science and technology and transformations in social life, the search for answers to ethical questions has become inevitable. It is the responsibility of all researchers, especially philosophers, to determine and evaluate the ethical dimensions of the impacts of these developments on human and environment. In the 3rd Applied Ethics Congress, we focus on the ethical issues that arise in the fields of science, technology, humanitarian and sustainable development with philosophical dimensions.”

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Northeastern University, AI and Data Ethics Working Group – 15.11.2018

Northeastern University, AI and Data Ethics Working Group – 15.11.2018

Ethics Chat: AI Ethics and AI Ethics Lab
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AI and Data Ethics Group:

“The AI and Data Ethics Group provides faculty and students from all disciplines the opportunity to study and discuss emerging issues and current research related to information, data, computing and AI ethics. Topics, readings and speakers are decided upon by members of the group on an ongoing basis. Examples of topics include justice and fairness in machine learning, the form and extent of rights to information and technology access, the appropriate roles of institutions to prevent dissemination of misinformation, the responsible collection and sharing of data, AI research oversight models, and the moral status of artificial intelligences. The group also aims to encourage and develop information ethics research projects and collaborations by its members. Students and faculty from any discipline are encouraged to join. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, inquiries should be directed to John Basl, Assistant Professor of Philosophy.”

Kocaeli University, IT Fest – 7.11.2018

Kocaeli University, IT Fest – 7.11.2018

Invited Talk: AI and Ethical Design
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Recently, we hear about AI and ethics very often. But what do these terms really mean? What is AI ethics and roboethics? In which areas of life, do we already face the issues in AI ethics? What types of ethical problems should we expect to see in the future? From risk assessment tools and text analytics systems to visual recognition system, from the ‘fake news’ problem to the chatbots, ethical issues arise in a great range of AI systems. In this talk, we go through the basics of AI ethics. We use sample cases to flesh out underlying ethical dilemmas.

AI LA, AI and Society – 25.10.2018

AI LA, AI and Society – 25.10.2018

Panel: Bias, Ethics, and Safety

 

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“As Artificial Intelligence (AI) begins to percolate into our everyday lives, we must take a step back to think about the effects of such technologies on our lives.

How does AI embody our value system?

Whose interests are advanced by an AI system?

Do AI systems learn humanly intuitive correlations? If not, can we contest the system?

We aim to explore these pressing normative questions to deep dive into AI + Society. Specifically, we will discuss the questions AI raises regarding bias, ethics, and privacy, and we will explore what a fair, accountable, and transparent AI system looks like.

Join us to hear from academic experts, industry leaders, and many others with experience fusing AI into society.”

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London, Re-Work Deep Learning Summit – 20-21.9.2018

London, Re-Work Deep Learning Summit – 20-21.9.2018

Mapping Workshop: Biases in Image Search Results (September 20)
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Panel: Ethically Handling Data – What is Your Responsibility and What Should be the Next Step? (September 21)
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“The Mapping workshop, run by Cansu Canca and Laura Haaber Ihle looked at how we can structure ethical problems at hand, delving into the underlying principles before attempting to solve the issues at hand. The engaging workshop involved attendee collaboration and assessment of practical implementation methods, gradually working toward the creation of practical solutions.” (@Re-Work Blog)

Lab Workshop: Black Mirror and Philosophy – 7.8.2018

Lab Workshop: Black Mirror and Philosophy – 7.8.2018

In this workshop, we will watch and discuss the Black Mirror episode called the “White Christmas”.

The “White Christmas” episode weaves together several stories and two main technologies: the Z-Eye that allows blocking others (as well as taking pictures, zooming in, etc.) and cookies that are like an extreme form of personalized AI assistants. Both of these technologies raise a variety of philosophical questions. In this workshop, we will focus on the Z-Eye technology and specifically its function in blocking people.

Lab Mapping Workshop (Istanbul): Biases in Image Search Results – 6.8.2018

Lab Mapping Workshop (Istanbul): Biases in Image Search Results – 6.8.2018

When searching for “professor” or “CEO” on Google images, the results show overwhelmingly white male pictures. While these jobs are held by white male professionals more often, the image search results present an extreme bias against representing women and people of color. This has been pointed out as an ethical problem in various outlets; however the problem persists.

In this workshop, we use this case as an example on how to structure the ethical problem at hand and its underlying principles before moving on to try solving it. Through the game-like structure of the Mapping method, the workshop will engage participants and help them develop essential tools to decide on ethical solutions that are technically feasible. Collaborating with each other, participants test the strength of their ideas and progress gradually towards creating solutions to this real-life problem as well as analyzing how their solution would hold up in other relevant cases such as voice assistant responses and other search result categories. The Mapping helps bring abstract ethical arguments to the ground—in a very literal sense, since the Mapping takes the form of a physical ground game.

The workshop will be led by Laura Haaber Ihle and Cansu Canca.

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Lab Meetup: Corporate Law and AI Ethics in Tech World – 16.7.2018

Lab Meetup: Corporate Law and AI Ethics in Tech World – 16.7.2018

Discussions on ethical AI often lead to questions regarding the responsibilities and obligations of tech companies. What was, for example, legally problematic in Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and what was ethically wrong? What does it mean for a company to be ethically wrong if it operates within the legal limits? What are the legal limits of corporations when it comes to systems that rely on user consent and/or that form a de facto monopoly? In this discussion session, we will focus on corporate law in relation to AI ethics. In a “coffee meet-up” style, AI Ethics Lab will host Professor Holger Spamann from Harvard Law School to discuss these questions.

Lab Workshop: AI and Shaping the Future of Knowledge – 2-3.6.2018

Lab Workshop: AI and Shaping the Future of Knowledge – 2-3.6.2018

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Often we access information that is presented to us through an AI system. Search engine results, Google Scholar pages, social media posts and tweets are prioritized and made available to us through an algorithm. Voice assistants respond to our inquiries. The world as we know it is at this point largely shaped by the AI systems that surround us and this trend will continue to increase. What does this entail about what we can know, what it means to know and how we know it?

Boston, Re-Work Deep Learning Summit – 24-25.5.2018

Boston, Re-Work Deep Learning Summit – 24-25.5.2018

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Lab Mapping Workshop (Boston): Biases in Image Search Results – 21.5.2018

Lab Mapping Workshop (Boston): Biases in Image Search Results – 21.5.2018

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Searching for “professor” or “CEO” on Google images, the results show overwhelmingly white male pictures. While these jobs are held by white male professionals more often, the image search results present an extreme bias against representing women and people of color. This has been pointed out as an ethical problem in various outlets; however the problem persists. In this workshop, we use this case as an example on how to structure the ethical problem at hand and its underlying principles before moving on to try solving it.

Lab Workshop: Ethical Design in AI – 12.3.2018

Lab Workshop: Ethical Design in AI – 12.3.2018

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What kind of ethical issues do we face in AI systems and how can we solve them? From risk assessment tools and text analytics systems to visual recognition system, from the ‘fake news’ problem to the chatbots, ethical issues arise in a great range of AI systems. This workshop aims to focus on different methods to integrate ethical analysis and ethical design into the development of AI systems. By the end of this workshop, we will also choose specific topics to focus on and form working groups to work on thorough analyses of such topics from ethical, technical, and legal perspectives.