Roundtable on "Changing Relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Humans"

The second roundtable on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), entitled "Changing Relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Humans” is part of a series of events organized by UNESCO since 2018, with the financial support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. The roundtable will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room II), on 3 December 2019.

AI technology is developing rapidly and assists us in our daily life in many ways, but not without raising several ethical challenges. This roundtable aims to address the issues of AI assisted decision-making and the impact of AI on human communications in order to raise awareness and sensitize policy-makers, researchers and the general public.

Will AI assisted decision-making have an impact on our free choices? Could it make better decision than us? Could the increase of AI in our daily life decrease our emotional, physical and intellectual capacities? Do we interact with robots the same way than with humans?

The first Session "At what extent AI can make critical decisions for us?" will give an overview of the implications of AI assisted decision-making for individuals and society as a whole. From judicial cases to access to health insurance, medical diagnosis and job applications, examples will be given to explore and illustrate the underlying ethical challenges of data privacy, data biases, equity and justice, among other issues.

The second Session "Does AI affect Human Communications?” will explore how AI is changing communication between humans, but also between humans and artificial intelligence. Does communication on the Internet and social media change the perception of self and others? Does our brain reacts differently to AI robots than to humans? What will be the future of AI and human communication?

Eminent experts in the fields of science, law, neurosciences, engineering, ethics and philosophy will address these questions in a multidisciplinary discussion, under the moderation of Peter-Paul Verbeek (The Netherlands), Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the University of Twente, and Chairperson of UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).

Paula Boddington (United Kingdom), Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff University

Emily Cross (United Kingdom), Professor of Social Robotics, Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow and Professor of Human Neuroscience, Macquarie University

Vidushi Marda (India), Legal Researcher, Programme Officer, Article 19

Carme Torras (Spain), Research Professor, Robotics Institute (CSIC-UPC), Barcelona

The event is open to the public.

A live webcast transmission will be available:
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Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 03.12.2019 10:00 local time
End 03.12.2019 13:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Bioethics
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Orio Ikebe,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125 Avenue de Suffren
Room Room II
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 400
Official Website
Link 1 Online RSVP
Link 2 Artificial intelligence with human values for sustainable development
Link 3 Artificial Intelligence: reflection on its complexity and impact on society
Link 4 More on UNESCO's work on Ethics of Science and Technology