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

Devdatt Dubhashi

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Date: September 13, 2022, at 13:15-14:15, online
Title: Dangers, known and unknown with AI and Big Tech, and how to combat them

Many people have recently commented on the possible dangers of AI and Big Tech. While some of these claims are misguided, others point to a real and immediate danger to wider society and the economy. We will discuss some of these dangers, especially those highlighted in the speech of Nobel peace prize winner Maria Ressa and the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony to the US Congress. We will discuss how these dangers could be combatted.

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Robert Long

Photo of Robert LongDate: September 27, 2022, at 13:15-14:15, online

Title: How to think about alleged sentience in current AI systems
Earlier this year, a Google engineer named Blake Lemoine sparked widespread discussion about AI sentience, when he publicly claimed that a large language model called LaMDA is sentient and deserves moral consideration. Lemoine's alleged evidence and arguments for his claims were widely (and rightly) criticized. In this talk, I discuss what sorts of arguments and evidence actually should guide our reasoning about sentience in AI systems, using current large language models like LaMDA as a case study. I also argue that questions about AI sentience are not mere distractions from more immediate problems in AI ethics, but questions that any responsible approach to AI development must grapple with. I discuss the risks of both under- and over-attributing sentience to AI systems - risks that are likely to increase as the behavior of AI systems grows more and more sophisticated.

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Previous AI Ethics seminars

Sven Nyholm

Date: May 17, 2022, at 13:15-14:15, online.

Title: ​​​AI and Moral Responsibility: Mind the Gap(s)?

​​I will start by identifying four different kinds of gaps in responsibility that AI technologies might give rise to. These gaps are related to positive and negative responsibility (i.e. praise and blame) and to forward-looking and backward-looking responsibility. Most discussions only focus on one kind of gap: namely, backward-looking negative responsibility gaps. Having argued that we should be concerned about all four kinds of potential responsibility gaps that I will identify, I will discuss ways in which we might try to fill these gaps.

Vilhelm VerendelVilhelm Verendel

Date: May 31, 2022, at 13:15-14:15, online.

Title: Exploring AI in climate innovation

​​Innovation in artificial intelligence is spreading rapidly in many areas of technology, and AI technologies may be of help to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In this presentation, I present a few case studies, and show an approach to tracking the relation between AI and climate innovation on the economy-wide scale using patent data.

Vanja Carlsson

Date: March 22, 2022, at 13:15-14:15 in lecture hall HC1

Title: Automated decision-making in The Swedish Public Employment Service

The Swedish Public Employment Service is implementing a statistical profiling tool for decisions on support to jobseekers. There is a potential contradiction between promoting efficiency and promoting legal security in practice. The question guiding the study concerns how the public principle of legal security is interpreted and promoted in implementation practices of automated decision-making in the Employment Service – an authority which has experienced reduced budget during recent years.

Andrea Owe

Andrea Owe

Date: February 22, 2022, at 13:15-14:15

Title:​​Deepening AI ethics: AI and why we are in an environmental crisis

This seminar makes the case that the full optimization of AI requires reflective engagement with a variety of social, ethical, scientific, economic, and political frontiers, making AI a key resource towards the end of the Anthropocene and the realization of an era of symbiosis between human civilization and the natural world.

Olle Häggström

Olle Häggström

Short lecture series, February 21-25, 2022. ​

Title:AI risk and long-time AI safety

The three two-hour lectures are scheduled as follows:
1. Monday, February 21 at 15.15-17.00: How and why things might go wrong
2. Wednesday, February 23 at 15.15-17.00: Timelines, natural language processors and oracle AI
3. Friday, February 25 at 10.00-11.45: Research directions in AI alignment

Jannice Käll

Date: January 18, 2022, at 13:15-14:15

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.

Karl de Fine Licht

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

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.

Henrik Skaug Sætra

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

Title​: Robotomorphy – becoming our creations?

In this talk Henrik will 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.

Dr Beth Singler

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

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.

Workshop: Ethics, AI, Technology and Society

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

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 of humans? 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.

AI Ethics Workshop: Ethics4EU

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


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.

Christian Balkenius

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

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.

AI Ethics Workshop: Quo vadis, AI ethics?

Date: June 7, 2021, at 13:15-16:50

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?

Kathryn Strong Hansen and Olle Häggström

Date: April 27, 2021, at 13:15-14:15

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.

Roberto V. Zicari

Date: April 20, 2021, at 13:15-14:15

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.

Virginia Dignum​

Date: March 9, 2021, at 13:15-14:15

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.

Dr. Fredrik Heintz​

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

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.

Ericka Johnson

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

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.

AI Ethics Seminars from year 2020 & 2019

15 December 2020

A conversation on AI governance and AI risk
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, University of Cambridge, and Olle Häggström, Chalmers.

1 December 2020

Ethics guidelines as a tool for AI governance - EU and its member states​
Stefan Larsson, Professor, Lund University

17 November 2020

What fiction can tell us about AI ethics​
Kathryn Strong Hansen, Senior Lecturer, Chalmers

20 October 2020

A conversation about (mostly) near-term societal effects of AI
Pontus Strimling, Stockholm University, and Olle Häggström, Chalmers

15 September 2020

The problem with FAT (Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency)
Francis Lee, Associate Professor, Chalmers

19 May 2020

A conversation about AI risk and AI ethics in the age of covid-19
Jaan Tallinn, investor in technology start-ups and a philanthropist, focusing on existential risk and AI safety research, and Olle Häggström, Chalmers.

17 March 2020

Trust in humans and machines
Jonas Ivarsson, Professor, University of Gothenburg

25 February 2020

AI From Philosophy to Ethics to Law to Technology and Back – Thoughts from a European Perspective
Gordana Dodig Crnkovic, Professor, Chalmers

7 January 2020

How to achieve ethically good artificial intelligence research and development?
Jim Tørresen, Professor, University of Oslo

10 December 2019

Opacity and bias in AI
Vincent C. Müller, Professor, Eindhoven University

26 November 2019

A demarcation problem for moral agency?
Dorna Behdadi, Doctoral student, University of Gothenburg.

12 November 2019

AI, automation and jobs
Devdatt Dubhashi, Professor, Chalmers

29 October 2019

What is AI ethics?
Olle Häggström, Professor, Chalmers

1 October 2019

Algorithmic fairness and machine learning
Fredrik Johansson, Assistant Professor, Chalmers

10 September 2019

Superintelligent agents
Karim Jebari, researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies


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