Living with AI (Apr. 22, 2024)

AI is here, AI is here to stay. Every aspect of our lives is touched by AI. Algorithms rank our search results and news feeds, route our cars and determine the prices we have to pay. AI decides who gets hired, fired or promoted, who is admitted to university, who is granted a loan or insurance and who has to go to prison.

While there are a wide range of advantages such as cutting costs and streamlining procedures, there are also many ethical and legal challenges.

Artificial intelligence is often a black box and we do not know how it makes decisions. Algorithms are also known to be biased against women, people of colour, and members of the LGBTQ community.

AI can convincingly create fake images (Deepfakes), videos, and text that looks very convincing, but these outputs are often just fabricated falsehoods which can lead to misinformation, fake news and an erosion of trust in political discourse.

How should we deal with these new challenges? Can the law do something about it?

Professor Sandra Wachter will explore these and other important ethical issues and shed light on what can be done about it from an ethical, legal and technical perspective.

Monday,  22 April 2024, 18:00 CET
viable Office, Museumstraße 5/22, 1070 Wien

Professor Sandra Wachter is Professor of Technology and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford where she researches the legal and ethical implications of AI, Big Data, and robotics as well as Internet and platform regulation. Her current research focuses on profiling, inferential analytics, explainable AI, algorithmic bias, diversity, and fairness, as well as governmental surveillance, predictive policing, human rights online, and health tech and medical law.

At the OII, Professor Sandra Wachter leads and coordinates the Governance of Emerging Technologies (GET) Research Programme that investigates legal, ethical, and technical aspects of AI, machine learning, and other emerging technologies.

Professor Wachter is also an affiliate and member at numerous institutions, such as  the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation, the UNESCO, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Autonomous Cars, the Law Committee of the IEEE, the World Bank’s Task Force on Access to Justice and Technology, the United Kingdom Police Ethics Guidance Group, the British Standards Institution, the Law Faculty at Oxford, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, the Oxford Martin School and Oxford University Press. Professor Wachter also serves as a policy advisor for governments, companies, and NGO’s around the world on regulatory and ethical questions concerning emerging technologies.

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