New Challenges Ahead: AI and society
The goal of this specific session is to identify and explore the societal challenges for the deployment of AI systems. AI systems are becoming ubiquitous in all layers of society, and are poised to have an even greater impact in the near future. AI is projected to be a disruptive force in a wide variety of domains, such as healthcare, the job market, security and defence, transport and logistics, education and commerce. In many areas this is already happening today, but its impact may even be bigger in the future. This sparks a lot of questions.
- What does this mean for the societies of tomorrow?
- What kind of challenges will this bring us?
- Is AI an unstoppable force that will inevitably change the way we live?
- How does legislation come into play?
- Do we still have a measure of control?
As Roy Amara famously observed “we tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run”.
We approach this topic by posing the “What if…?” question. A selection of inspiring speakers representing the quadruple helix (society, government, academia, and industry) will explore the “What if…?” scenario from their respective fields. The audience will be government representatives, researchers, and industry representatives. We expect that the directions put forward in the session will further help shape the development of responsible AI in Europe.