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Facing the AI Revolution: Humboldt Academia in Society Summit

Artificial intelligence will revolutionise tomorrow’s world. It has already started today. At the Humboldt Academia in Society Summit on 21 June in Berlin, eminent AI researchers and civil society actors will discuss the ethical, social and legal challenges associated with these developments.

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Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Bonn), Vincent C. Müller (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Claire Monteleoni (University of Colorado Boulder), Holger Hendrik Hoos (RWTH Aachen), Minne Atairu (Columbia University), Hans-Christian Pape (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung), Stuart Russell (University of California Berkeley), Damini Satija (Amnesty International), Jens Brandenburg (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), Alexandra Geese (European Parliament), Ulrich Paquet (The Deep Learning Indaba), Aldo Faisal (Imperial College London), Kate Crawford (USC Annenberg), Felix Creutzig (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change)
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From medical imaging methods to the development of vaccines through to climate modelling: AI offers many approaches to addressing the global challenges of our times. That said, particularly in the areas of AI development, implementation and integration, there are still questions to be answered. What does a a human-centered artificial intelligence look like? How can the needs of different groups in society be integrated in design and application? What approaches exist to developing sustainable AI? And, last but not least, how can we foster structures in research transfer that are globally just? Through its Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors outstanding personalities in new, transformative technologies. A holistic approach that considers technology in conjunction with ethics and law in this context is key.

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Programme Humboldt Academia in Society Summit (PDF, 788 KB)

The Humboldt Academia in Society Summit seeks to share the researchers’ expertise with other actors in civil society. This productive exchange will take place on 21 June 2022 at Café Moskau in Berlin. The welcome address will be given by the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape, and the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Dr Jens Brandenburg. The keynote speaker will be Kate Crawford (USC Annenberg), author of the book Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence.

The three panels, which will focus on “AI and ecological challenges”, “AI and society” and “The future of AI in science and research” will see Humboldt Professors Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Bonn), Holger Hoos (RWTH Aachen University) and Vincent C. Müller (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) in conversation with representatives of civil society, politics, academia, art and non-profit organisations on the future of artificial intelligence.

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Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for AI

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the Federal Government’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Humboldt Foundation’s Alexander von Humboldt Professorship recognises world-leading researchers from abroad who work in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship enables them to conduct ground-breaking research at universities and research institutions in Germany.

Dialogue with society is one of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s key objectives. For further information on its activities in the field of science communication, visit here.

(Press release 18/2022)

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains an interdisciplinary network of well over 30,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries around the world – including 61 Nobel Prize winners.

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