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14:55 – Gathering of participants
15:00 - Intro – Emmanuel Goffi (Co-Founder of Global AI Ethics Institute)
15:01 Dr. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem: Culture as AI Ethics Calculus
15:20 Dr. Ali-reza BHOJANI: Islamic Ethics and the challenge of AI
15:40 Jean Garcia Periche: Overview of AI in Latin America / LATAM 4.0 Coalition - Regional AI Strategy
16:00 Panel Discussion – Questions from the Audience; Moderated by Aco Momcilovic (Co-Founder of Global AI Ethics Institute)
16:30 Closing Word
1. Dr. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem - Philosophy, University of Pretoria & Centre for AI Research, South Africa
2. Dr. Ali-reza BHOJANI - Al-Mahdi Institue, Lecturer, University of Oxford, Research Affiliate, University of Nottingham, Honorary Research fellow in Theology and Religious Studies
3. Jean Garcia Periche - Co-founder and Chief Government Officer of GENIA Latinoamerica, Fellow from Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley; AI Policy Affiliate of the Future Society and the Executive Director of the Centre for Political Innovation
EG,AM: Co-Founder of Global AI Ethics Institute
Lecture short descriptions:
1. Culture as AI Ethics Calculus
Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem (Philosophy, University of Pretoria & Centre for AI Research, South Africa)
Should AI ethics regulation be based on a set of globally shared values? Would this be one way in which to actionalise policies that on the whole seem too weak to really have any effect on the communities generating the technologies in need of regulation? But: How would decisions be made on what exactly should be in this set of shared values? Who would decide? Or, more to the point, could anyone decide on such a set if it is not even entirely clear whether there in fact are any globally shared values? One way to respond to such questions – especially the latter one – is to turn to the concept of basic shared human rights as a counter to the threat of total ethical relativism. I suggest another response in the context of which relativism is not a threat, but an ally. I propose considering culture as an interlocutor in the conversation on AI ethics regulation in such a way that different culturally driven interpretations of the same value become articulable to the extent that global AI ethics conversations becomes a possibility. If such conversations become possible, they may, in the end, point the way to legislation with a global impact.
2. Islamic Ethics and the challenge of AI
Dr. Ali-reza BHOJANI - Al-Mahdi Institue, Lecturer, University of Oxford, Research Affiliate, University of Nottingham, Honorary Research fellow in Theology and Religious Studies
This presentation will introduce the diversity of key intellectual approaches to ethics in Islam and explore their potential to inform broader conversations in the ethics of AI.
Islam’s intellectual discourses are deeply concerned with ethics, be that the jurisprudential traditions of Sharia and its moral theology of prima fascia ethics, the meta-ethical debates of rational kalam theology or the overlapping paradigms of its philosophical and Sufi virtue ethics. After breifly introducing each of these approaches, I will point to the scope and limits of employing the jurisprudential Sharia discourses of Islam as the key ethical mode for contributing to contemporary applied ethical questions in general and AI ethics in particular. It will be argued that despite the value in AI ethics making recourse to sharia ethical deliberations, and especially its legal theory, the scope of its questions requires more. The questions AI ethics is raising on issues such as ‘trust', 'privacy' and ‘progress' call for recourse to, and an interrogation of, the more fundamental theological and philosophical underpinnings of what it means to be human, and what it means to be ethical. It goes without saying that the sheer diversity of humanity demands that such questions be considered, and re-considered, in light of diverse perspectives.
3. Overview of AI in Latin America
Jean Garcia Periche - Co-founder and Chief Government Officer of GENIA Latinoamerica, Fellow from Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley; AI Policy Affiliate of the Future Society and the Executive Director of the Centre for Political Innovation
Overview of AI in Latin America will also include needs and perspectives from Latin America in the global governance of AI, and details about LATAM 4.0 Coalition - Regional AI Strategy.