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AI Ethics Seminars at Chalmers

Chalmers AI Ethics are inspiring seminars from internationally acclaimed experts on artificial intelligence.

Listen to a series of seminars highlighting ethical perspectives of AI – AI Ethics Seminar. The series feature invited speakers and Chalmers researchers with the aim of cultivating an informed discussion on ethical issues. The seminars are organised by the AI Ethics Committee , within Chalmers AI Research Centre. All seminars are open for all and are free of charge. For Zoom seminars, registrations is required. 

This series is arranged by the Chalmers AI Research Centre (CHAIR).

Upcoming AI Ethics seminars


Jannice Käll
Title​: AI, law, and ethics: from ethics washing to ethics bashing, towards another form of ethics via posthumanist theory. 

This seminar will address the role of ethics in the discussion surrounding legislative efforts regarding AI. As such, ethics have surfaced widely in discussions on how to mitigate negative effects regarding AI. Critical interventions have however shown that there is a risk that ethics is used as a concept to merely wash off more fundamental questions regarding distributive justice.

Date: December 7, 2021, at 13:15-14:15
Location: KA, lecture hall, Kemigården 4, Kemi, no registration needed.

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Karl de Fine Licht
Title​: Artificial intelligence in public decision-making: on how transparency can and cannot be used to foster legitimacy 

In this talk, Karl de Fine Licht will discuss how we can (and cannot) use transparency to increase legitimacy when using AI in public decision-making

Date: December 14, 2021, at 13:15-14:15
Location: HC2, lecture hall, Hörsalsvägen 14, Hörsalar HC, no registration needed.

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Previous AI Ethics seminars


Henrik Skaug Sætra
Title​: Robotomorphy – becoming our creations?

In this talk Henrik discuss how robots and AI tell a story of how we humans perceive ourselves, and how these technologies in turn also change us. Robotomorphy describes what occurs when we project the characteristics and capabilities of robots onto ourselves, to make sense of the complicated and mysterious beings that we are. 

Date: November 2, 2021, at 13:15-14:15 

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Dr Beth Singler
Title​: The Dreams our Stuff is Made of: Trust, Agency, and Super-agency

This talk will provide case studies of particular ‘tension points’ around ideas of trust, agency, and even super-agency, and argue for the role of both public engagement and education in the larger ‘AI ethics’ debate.

Date: October 26, 2021, at 13:15-14:15 

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Workshop: Ethics, AI, Technology and Society
Title​: Ethics, AI, Technology and Society

Welcome to a half-day meeting, open to researchers, decision makers and the general public aims to address crucial questions about the role of humans in a world with even more powerful AI capabilities. In such a future, which decisions can we hand over to machines and which should remain the responsibility ohumans? When is the human-in-the-loop a viable concept? Are there domains which should be considered entirely off-limits for AI decision making? What will, in the long run, be the role of work? These questions will be addressed from a variety of perspectives including engineering, social science, philosophy and ethics.

Date: October 13, 2021, at 14:00-18:00 


AI Ethics Workshop: Ethics4EU
Title​: Ethics4EU

On September 22nd, the Ethics4EU Project will organize a workshop on Teaching Ethics to Computer Science and Engineering Students – Experiences, Current Issues and Future Challenges. The event, organized by Chalmers University of Technology, will include contributions from experts in teaching Digital Ethics to Computer Science and Engineering students and a workshop to share experiences and ideas for the future.  

Date: September 22, 2021, at 13:00-17:00 

Christian Balkenius
Title​: Transparency and Trust in Humanoid Robots: A Case for Non-Verbal Signals

It is a common idea that robots need to be completely transparent for people to trust them. Although transparency is a worthwhile goal in itself, Christian wants to argue that, in practice, it has little to do with trust. 

Date: September 14, 2021, at 13:15-14:15 

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AI Ethics Workshop: Quo vadis, AI ethics?
Title​: Quo vadis, AI ethics?

The effect of AI, on society and our lives is already profound, and is likely to increase further. This can be for better or worse, and therefore it is of vital importance that an ethics perspective permeates all development, deployment and use of AI systems – How can this best be achieved? 
Date: June 7, 2021, at 13:15-16:50 

Kathryn Strong Hansen and Olle Häggström
Title​: A conversation about the book Tänkande maskiner

Kathryn Strong Hansen will speak with Olle Häggström about his new book Tänkande maskiner: Den artificiella intelligensens genombrott, released in April 2021. While the book is in Swedish, this conversation will be done in English. 

Date: April 27, 2021, at 13:15-14:15 

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Roberto V. Zicari

Title: What did we learn in assessing Trustworthy AI in practice?

Roberto V. Zicari is a professor of database and information systems at Goethe University Frankfurt. In January 2019, a team of International researchers started to develop a process to assess Trustworthy AI in practice, called Z-inspection. So far, the process has been used to as​sess AI systems in healthcare.​​ 
Date: April 20, 2021, at 13:15-14:15

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Virginia Dignum ​

Title: How to develop and use AI responsibly

Virginia Dignum is professor of responsible Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, ​Sweden and associated with the TU Delft in the Netherlands. She is the director of WASP-HS, the Wallenberg Program on Humanaties and Society for AI, Automonous Systems and Software. ​​

Date: March 9, 2021, at 13:15-14:15

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Dr. Fredrik Heintz  ​

Title: Trustworthy AI-integrating, learning, optimization and reasoning

Dr. Fredrik Heintz is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Linköping University, Sweden. He leads the Reasoning and Learning group within the Division of Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Systems (AIICS) in the Department of Computer Science. 

Date: March 2, 2021, at 13:15-14:15

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Ericka Johnson  ​

Title: Refracting social norms through AI

Ericka Johnson, professor of gender and society, Linköping University, Sweden, has an interdisciplinary background in sociology, gender studies, and science & technology studies.​

Date: February 20, 2021, at 13:15-14:15

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AI Ethics Seminars from year 2020 & 2019

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