International AI Conference - Our Common Future with Artificial Intelligence
Now is the time to influence how we want artificial intelligence (AI) to become part of our society - that is the starting point for the international conference AI for Humanity and Society at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm and online on 17 November 2022. The conference is a meeting place to engage researchers, politicians, businesses and civil society in a conversation about our common future with AI.
Text: Hanna Nordin
Francis Lee, docent i teknik och social förändring vid Chalmers universitet, professor Virginia Dignum, föreståndare för WASP-HS och Anna-Sara Lind, professor i offentlig rätt vid Uppsala universitet.
"AI helps us in many respects on an everyday basis, and will almost certainly be even more integrated into our everyday lives in the future. The decisions we make today have the potential to reshape AI in both utopian and dystopian ways. In other words, we are living in a formative time where we need to start taking a stand and listening to the collective public in order for the next steps to be taken in the right direction. That's why this year's WASP-HS conference, AI for Humanity and Society 2022, is a springboard for collectively thinking about our future with AI," says Francis Lee, Associate Professor of Technology and Social Change at Chalmers University of Technology.
To start shaping our common future with AI, WASP-HS (The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program - Humanities and Society) will open its doors to the public at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on 17 November. For those who cannot make it to Stockholm on 17 November, there is also the option to participate online.
Conversations that Cross Borders
One of the basic visions of the conference is to allow conversations to cross borders. The main focus of the conference will therefore be thematic discussions organised for those attending the conference at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. These conversations serve as a time and place where all participants can meet and discuss the opportunities and challenges of AI in the future.
"It is important that all voices, large and small, have the chance to be heard in the discussion about how AI will affect us in the future. This is why we are dedicating a dedicated part of the programme to what we call Theme Corners. The aim is for everyone attending to be able to discuss the opportunities and consequences of AI from different perspectives,' says Anna-Sara Lind, Professor of Public Law at Uppsala University.
"I'm very pleased to see strong national and international interest in our annual conference. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming our keynote speakers Abeba Birhane and Martin Ubrich, who will join us to discuss how we can manage the personal, social, political and economic consequences of intelligent technology as it enters our daily lives,' says Professor Virginia Dignum, WASP-HS Programme Director.
In addition to the keynote speakers, representatives from Ericsson Research, the University of Oxford, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the European Commission, among others, will also attend the conference.