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AI Ethics: Trust in humans and machines

17 March 2020 13:15 to 14:15
EA, lecture hall, Hörsalsvägen 11, EDIT
Welcome to a seminar under the theme: AI ETHICS at Chalmers, with the speaker Jonas Ivarsson, division of Informatics at the department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg.

The discussion will depart from a sociological understanding of how trust is organised in the interaction between people. From this perspective, trust is essential to human sociality, in fact, many of our social structures partly rest on this fundamental principle. From this backdrop, we seek to investigate the development of artificial intelligence. When machines are given agentive functions they can begin to emulate the forms of concerted actions that we are familiar with from ordinary life. Examples of such human-machine interactions will be given through empirical illustrations. These cases raise the philosophical question of what it means to ‘act together’. They also highlight ethical issues relating to how we ought to design technology, that operates alongside or even together with humans—so as not to erode trust, and by extension, the foundation of our society.

About the speaker

Jonas Ivarsson started out in cognitive science and communication studies before moving to the field of education. In 2013 he became a professor of education where his research has focused on the role of various technologies in the development of knowledge and competence.

In 2019 he moved to Informatics at the department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. There his role is to take lead on the emerging research on Human Centered Artificial Intelligence—a specific approach to the interplay between humans and machines in the context of artificial intelligence. Central to this approach are questions relating to how to design AI systems so to operate in the context of human users, as well as how to design learning trajectories of humans so that they can intelligently interact with increasingly complex semi-autonomous systems.

His strategic leadership background includes serving as deputy head of department as well as research dean at the faculty of education. He currently serves at the board of the University of Gothenburg and he is also a member of the university’s coordination group for digitalization and artificial intelligence lead by the deputy vice chancellor.

Ivarsson currently operates as principal investigator of two interdisciplinary research projects (4 and 5 years). The collaborators on the projects come from radiology, sociology, radiation physics, physiology, applied IT, education and vascular surgery.

About AI ETHICS at Chalmers
A series of seminars highlighting ethical perspectives of artificial intelligence. The series will 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 (CHAIR).

Day & time: Tuesday Mars 17, 13:15-14:15
Place: EA, lecture hall, Hörsalsvägen 11, EDIT

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Arranged by CHAIR Chalmers AI Research Center.