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.