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Published: 16 Nov, 2020 Updated: 19 Jan, 2021, 07:31

WASP-HS to host a major conference on AI, Humanity and Society

NEWS “AI for Humanity and Society 2020” is the name of an online conference to be held on 18 November, 2020. This conference will bring together prominent researchers and experts in companies and organisations on humanities and societal aspects of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. The organiser is the national research programme WASP-HS, which is coordinated by Umeå University.

Text: Mikael Hansson

WASP-HS stands for the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society. Umeå professor Virginia Dignum is programme director for WASP-HS.

More than 300 participants have registered for the conference which will address the challenges and opportunities that humans and society face with regard to artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.

"Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems are changing the way we work, live and solve problems. These technologies have the potential to improve people's well-being and contribute to social and environmental sustainability. At the same time, we are witnessing increased concern about the potential risks of AI. All in all, this implies an increased need for research that can provide knowledge about how companies, organisations and society can handle AI and its consequences,” says Kerstin Sahlin, Chair of WASP-HS.

At the conference, panel discussions will be held with researchers and representatives from different parts of society who are affected by or are leading societal changes that involve artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.

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