Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? A Global Conference - 4 March 2019, Room 1
|9:30 to 10:00||
Setting the Scene: demystifying AI
|10:00 to 10:15||
The Havens Family, Family of the Future: AI in Everyday Life
|10:15 to 10:30||
|10:30 to 11:45||
Plenary Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities of AI
The development of artificial intelligence offers both opportunities and challenges as it concerns the global goals for sustainable development. What are some of the main challenges and opportunities in ensuring the development of artificial intelligence that serves humanity? How can AI contribute concretely to sustainable development? How can AI potentially both increase and fight biases, notably in the domain of gender equality, discrimination, and narrowing the digital divides? Are there good practices in public policy development at the national level in the field of AI and if so, what are they?
|11:45 to 13:00||
Plenary Session 2: The Universality of AI?
The development of artificial intelligence directly impacts all domains of UNESCO’s mandate. Teaching tools, ways of learning, access to knowledge, and teacher training will be revolutionized. The question of what skills to develop in order to evolve in an increasingly automated world will become more and more central. AI is changing the way we think about heritage reconstruction, and contemporary creative production. Environmental programmes and underwater research are being transformed by AI-driven technologies, and the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence are at the heart of preoccupations of governments and everyday citizens. Communication and information are being directly impacted by advances in AI, through the development of algorithms and evolutions in access to information and media production.
Ensuring a Global Approach:
1. Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal, Chief scientist and Co-founder, My Intelligent Machine, Canada
Ensuring a Multi-stakeholder Approach:
6. Hawa Ba, Head of the Senegal Country Office, OSIWA
|13:00 to 14:30||
Meal packages will be available for sale at the entrance to Salle 1. Participants are also invited to take advantage of the restaurants surrounding UNESCO but are requested to be back in Salle 1 by 2:20.
|14:30 to 15:00||
|15:00 to 16:15||
Plenary Session 3: Towards a Human-Centred Ethical AI?
If we are to make the most of the possibilities offered by AI to the world, we must ensure that it serves humanity, with respect for human rights and human dignity, as well as our environment and ecosystems. Today, no global ethical framework or principles for AI developments and applications exist. UNESCO is, a unique universal forum with over twenty years of experience in developing international instruments related to bioethics and the ethics of science and technology. It has the responsibility to lead an interdisciplinary, pluralistic, universal, and enlightened debate – not a technical debate, but an ethical one – in order to enter this new era with our eyes wide open, without sacrificing our values, and to make it possible to establish a common global foundation of ethical principles.
What do we mean exactly by a human centred and ethical AI? What are the immediate and potential long-term ethical challenges raised by AI in the domains of UNESCO’s mandate? What are some of the challenges in establishing ethical frameworks and principles in this field? Does this definition change in different regions of the world? What is a possible way forward and who needs to be involved in the conversation?
Introductory remarks :
|16:15 to 16:30||
Coffee will be available in front of Salle 1. Participants are requested to be back in their seats immediately following the break.
|16:30 to 16:45||
|16:45 to 18:00||
Plenary session 4: New Architectures of International Cooperation on AI
UNESCO, as a standard setter and laboratory of ideas, has a role to play in shaping international debate on the future of AI and its governance; its multidisciplinary mandate positions the Organization to address the ethical and social implications of AI and promote its development that takes into consideration human-centred values.
How can multilateral cooperation on AI be ensured between relevant international, regional, and national bodies so that we are not reinventing the wheel as it concerns the development of norms and standards in this domain? What strategies, frameworks, and principles have been developed at the national or regional level in relation to AI and human-centred values? What remains to be done and what is the role of UNESCO?
|18:00 to 19:00||
Setting the Foundation for a Humanistic Approach to AI: A Way Forward - Ministerial Round Table
|19:00 to 21:00||
Restaurant, 7th floor of the Fontenoy Building