Application Due Date – October 15, 2018
Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods and techniques, embedded within computational and cyber-physical technologies, are increasingly performing human-level cognitive activities – from perception and recognition to decision-making and inference. These technologies already play a significant role in improving the quality of life of all people in areas as essential as health care, transportation, communication and working conditions. It is hard to imagine a sector of society that will not be affected by AI.
While AI holds great promise, it also raises numerous ethical concerns and the possibility of serious social disruption. It is essential, therefore, that the potential ethical, cultural, regulatory and economic implications be thoroughly researched and understood by policy-makers, scientists, business and civil society.
Due to the global nature of AI, research organizations can develop new, unique opportunities to work together to support interdisciplinary and international approaches to the socioeconomic issues and opportunities raised by AI through scientific and scholarly exchange.
In this International Call for AI & Society Workshop Proposals, CIFAR, CNRS and UKRI will jointly fund proposals led jointly by experts in Canada, France and the UK on important societal questions arising from new AI technologies.
To be held in all three countries, these workshops are intended to build international collaborations that bring together interdisciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, humanities, law, engineering, computer science and the arts with policymakers and innovators.
Administered by CIFAR, the joint workshops will provide funding and support that brings together new teams that propose to explore the ethical, social, legal, and economic potential impacts of AI developments and an associated research agenda. CIFAR, CNRS and UKRI have agreed to provide equal support up to a total of nine joint workshops in 2019.
Proposals related to any aspect of the intersection of AI and society are welcome; however, proposals exploring AI as it relates to the following themes are encouraged:
Working in AI environments: Widespread use of AI is likely to have a radical impact on the future of work. How will AI feature in our working lives and how should AI be developed to best shape the future of work? What are the economic, societal and technical challenges involved in realising a future where we routinely work with and possibly compete against AI technologies? What are the challenges in driving AI innovation across a broad range of sectors?
International Governance of AI: The investigation of novel AI approaches is a global phenomenon with many countries seeking to accrue the benefits of AI. As the use of AI grows a range of significant governance challenges emerge across a broad set of areas. What are the appropriate ways to develop AI policy and approaches to ethical governance and how might this best be done in an international context given the global nature of the technology?
Safety and Privacy of AI: Access to large amounts of data underpins many AI techniques and approaches. The access and use of this data and the development of AI processing techniques raise fundamental issues of ethics and privacy. What are the key ethical challenges and how might these be addressed? How might we develop future AI technologies and approaches to ensure that they are safe, secure and ethical?
Human enhancements: AI techniques open interesting perspectives for cognitive and sensori-motor extensions of human capabilities. These new perspectives, which may blur the traditional distinction between human and machines, engender fundamental social and ethical issues. How do we anticipate these developments and understand the benefits and risks involved?
** Important Dates
• Launch of Call – August 15, 2018
• Application Due Date – October 15, 2018
• Workshops and Publications Underway – January to December 2019
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