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You and AI: AI Summer School

Mon 5th - Wed 7th July 2021, 10:00am (GMT)

The Digital and Innovation Summer School 2021 will explore the constituent parts of an ethics framework for approaching, understanding and regulating disruptive technologies focusing on responsible research and innovation.

Part of You and AI: Through the Algorithmic Lens Festival, Athens, from June 24th – July 25th.

Developing a functional and operational framework for the ethics of disruptive technologies, is increasingly becoming a key challenge for numerous research projects. AI becomes gradually a horizontal key enabling technology and progressively more research projects need to contemplate and act upon the use and application of such tech-tools. This is apparent from purely digital applications and e-business solutions, to medical, bio and epidemics research. However, the use of AI poses both tremendous opportunities as well as challenges, not just in the way that AI research is designed and executed, but also in the ways that technology and knowledge should be best transferred in order to lead to ethically sound innovation. 

In the same context, artistic works dealing with AI have the capacity to cut through the multiple layers of legal rules, codes of ethics and research practices to approach the problem holistically and at the most fundamental level. In that sense, it is necessary to approach and unpack such artistic practices as a corollary to the relevant science and innovation practices of AI-related research. 

The Digital and Innovation Summer School 2021 explores the constituent parts of an ethics framework for approaching, understanding and regulating disruptive technologies focusing on responsible research and innovation. Spanning over a period of three days and using multiple formats (keynote presentations, round tables and e-lectures), it brings together world-class experts from the fields of Innovation, the arts, intellectual property, data protection and bioethics, who aim to explore ways to develop and operationalize a solid ethics framework for disruptive technologies. The school’s overall ambition is to combine different disciplines and approaches and explore a multi-source approach for problems that defy pre-determined categories and pre-conceptualization analyzing the ethical challenges which come along with disruptive technologies.

The AI Summer School is part of the You and AI: Through the Algorithmic Lens Festival programme, curated by FutureEverything Creative Director Irini Papadimitriou. June 24th – July 25th.


DAY 1 - Monday 5th July

Ethics in Disruptive Technologies: Insights and Boundaries

10:00 – 10:20 (GMT) – Introductory Speeches

– Olga Tzortzatou
– Prodromos Tsiavos

10:20 – 11:00 Round table discussion I – Open Algorithms for Open Science

– Thomas Marghoni (Open Data Ethics)
– Brigitte Vezina  (The Ethics of Openness)
– Dora Kotsaka (The Politics of AI)
– Gloria Oggi (Open Science Ethics)

11:00 – 11:40 Round Table Discussion II – Art and AI

– Rocio Berenguer
– Benoit Favre
– Tyler Reigeluth

DAY 2 - Tuesday 6th July

Managing Data in an Ethical Way in Research Contexts

10:00 – 11:00 (GMT) Lecture I

Topic: “GDPR implementation across EU and secondary use of data for research purposes: legal and ethics challenges”

– Santa Slokenberga (Uppsala University)
– Olga Tzortzatou (BRFAA)
– Jane Reichel (Stockholm Law School)

11:00 – 12:30 Lecture II

Topic: “The Research Ethics Appraisal Process in Horizon Europe”

Dorian Karatzas (Head of Ethics Sector, European Commision)

12:30 – 13:00 Coffee break

13:30 – 15:00 Lecture III

Topic: “Ethical Issues in Intellectual Property: Promoting Research and Development Versus Affordability of Medicines”

Dean M. Harris, J.D. Associate Professor (Retired), Department of HEALTH Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public HEALTH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

DAY 3 - Wednesday 7th July

Artificial Intelligence and AI: State of the Play

10:00 – 11:30 (GMT) Lecture I  

Topic: “Responsible Research and Innovation: Towards Meeting the Social Contract of Science”
– Arleen Salles (CRB)
– Michele Farisco (Uppsala University)

11:30-12:30 Round Table Discussion moderated by Olga Tzortzatou
Topic: “The SiENNA Code of Conduct” Moderated by Olga Tzortzatou- Mats Hansson
– Amal Matar
12:30 – 14:00 Lecture II
Topic: “A tool for litigation risk analysis for medical liability cases”A. Vozikis, A. Panagiotou, S. Karakolias

14:00 – 15:00 Round Table Discussion moderated by Michaela Th. Mayrhofer

Topic: “AI & Biobanking: between challenges and expectations”

– Irene Schlünder (TMF/BBMRI-ERIC)
– Melanie Goisauf (BBMRI-ERIC)
– Signe Mezinska (University of Latvia)

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