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Robots, Joint Actions and Collective Responsibility

Talk cancelled!

Unfortunately we have to cancel the talk on “Robots, Joint Actions and Collective Responsibility” on 25th September. Due to personal reasons, Prof. Seumas Miller will not be able to join us in Bonn. We hope to reschedule the talk and apologise for any inconvenience.

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Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability:
What's the problem?

Talk by Larissa Bolte, 23 September 2023, Bonn

Within this keynote of the first "Bonner Digitalfabrik" Larissa Bolte will also present the work of the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab.

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The ethics of AI in medicine: From a local to a global context, and back

Talk by Dr Tijs Vandemeulebroucke, 22 September 2023, Berlin

The talk will focus on the use of AI in healthcare settings through an environmental-social lens. It will entail a call to enlarge the current bioethical approaches, with a local focus, to a global bioethics approach and will ask the question whose health we are actually talking about when we speak of using AI in healthcare settings.

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AI in Agriculture: Exploring the Promises and Perils of an AI-Enabled Green Transformation in the Philippines.

Talk by Sophia Falk, 19 September 2023, 9:15 AM (CET) via Zoom

Sophia Falk has been invited to speak at the 9th Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) "Green and Digital: Managing the Twin Transition toward Sustainable Development", organized by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies. The event will take place from 9:00am to 5:30pm (Manila Time) on September 19, 2023. 

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Sustainable AI Conference 2023 - Sustainable AI Across Borders

From 30th May to 1st June 2023, the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab organized its second conference dedicated to the topic of Sustainable AI with the theme Sustainable AI Across Borders.

All presentations in the main hall were recorded and will be published successively on our YouTube channel every Tuesday at noon.

A written review with many conference photos can be found here.

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Application deadline for "Future of AI" summit

Talented young researchers in AI(-related) fields in Germany wanted!

Join the exclusive "Future of AI" Summit on 27-28 Sept. 2023 at RWTH Aachen, Germany. Connect with renowned AI professors and present your research.

Apply by 30 June 2023.

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Public Lecture & Workshop by Prof. Dr. Andrew Feenberg

On the 15th till the 16th of June 2023, the IWE will welcome Prof. Dr. Andrew Feenberg (Simon Faser University, Canada) to give a public lecture and a workshop.

The public lecture (15th of June) is open for everyone. The workshop (16th of June) is open to all academic researchers of the University of Bonn, with priority to PhD students. Registration and more information via bolte@uni-bonn.de.

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Obituary for Professor Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Kurt Fleischhauer

The Institute for Science and Ethics regrets the loss of Professor Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Kurt Fleischhauer, who passed away on June 13, 2023 at the age of 93.

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Sustainable AI Conference 2023

Sustainable AI Across Borders, 30 May - 1 June 2023 in Bonn

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Dr Shannon Vallor (University of Edinburgh)
Prof. Dr Caesar Atuire (University of Ghana)
Prof. Dr Benedetta Brevini (University of Sydney and London School of Economics )
Prof. Dr Ulises Mejias (SUNY Oswego College)

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Podcast with Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe and Wouter Kolk

Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe met with Wouter Kolk, CEO of Ahold Delhaize Europe and Indonesia, to discuss AI ethics in industry. The two of them spoke about the demands of industry leaders to use new technologies and the needs of customers to trust companies. A provocative and insightful talk!

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Robots as an opportunity for the job market

Report from the German TV station WDR programme "Markt", broadcast on 26 April 2023 with an interview with Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe.

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Many Worlds of AI Conference

The Sustainable AI Lab hosts an interdisciplinary and interactive discussion exploring the multidimensionality of the relationship between AI and sustainability for different communities, both at the global and local levels.

The event will take place as part of the Many Worlds of AI Conference in Cambridge, UK (24.4.-28.4.23) at 10:30 on 28 April 2023.

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International Women's Day 2023

Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe will give a lecture on 8 March 2023 as part of an event at the University of Bonn on International Women's Day.
The topic is "AI and gender equality".

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What can artificial intelligence do - now and in the future?

Report of the "Servicezeit" from the German TV station WDR, broadcasted on 28 February 2023 with an interview with Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe.

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From an Ethics of Carefulness to an Ethics of Desirability: Going Beyond Current Ethics Approaches to Sustainable AI

Talk by Larissa Bolte, M.A.

7 February 2023, 13.00-13:45

Online, as part of the Virtual Ethical Innovation Lecture (VEIL) series of the Ethical Innovation Hub at the University of Lübeck.

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Special issue in Sustainability

The special issue of the Sustainability journal "Towards the Sustainability of AI; Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Investigate the Hidden Costs of AI" has now been completed.
Prints will be available in the near future.

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Repairing Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Justice

Talk by Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe

Bonn, 24 January 2023

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Lecture at Dies Academicus

Suizidprävention in sozialen Medien mithilfe von künstlicher Intelligenz.
Eine ethische Analyse
(Suicide prevention in social media with the help of artificial intelligence.
An ethical analysis)

Prof. Dr. Bert Heinrichs

Bonn, 7 December 2022

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Call for papers
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Call for Papers

for the
Bonn Sustainable AI conference 2023: "Sustainable AI Across Borders"

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st 2023
Conference: May 30th to June 1st 2023

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Bonn Sustainable AI Lab at COP 27

The Sustainable AI Lab hosted an interdisciplinary and interactive discussion exploring the ways AI is re-shaping common goods, such as public space and state-society relations.

The discussion took place at COP 27 on 15 November 2022.

One Health Research Symposium 2022
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One Health Research Symposium 2022

The objective of the event is to bring together different research groups, policymakers, practitioners, and grassroots community advocates that are based in Bonn and apply the One Health approach to advancing research and driving action across sectors for improving the health of living organisms and promoting social equality and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Christina Pinsdorf (IWE) has been invited to talk about the concepts of One Health and Bioeconomy from a philosophical perspective.

Bonn, 3rd November 2022 ,13:00 to 18:00 (CET).
Participation is free but registration is requested.

Desirable Futures
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Desirable Futures: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

International experts discuss possible and probable futures, and the challenges we face in making these futures desirable. Participants will speak across disciplines to consider ethics, artificial intelligence and resilience among other topics. At each session, a succinct lead presentation will be followed by several specialist commentaries, setting the scene for a substantial, free and open discussion. This is a rare opportunity to engage with globally leading thinkers in the field of futures.

An event organized by the Center for Life Ethics together with the Institute for Science and Ethics and the University of Bonn.
The event will be held in English.

25 October 2022, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Bonn

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Sustainable resource use - from Coring to Coding

The University of Bonn-University of St Andrews Brussels Discussion Series brings together leading experts from both institutions to explore, challenge, and encourage lively debate around some of the most pressing issues facing European and global societies today.

From Bonn, Aimee van Wynsberghe, Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Applied Ethics of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bonn will participate in the panel.

17 October 2022, 11:00 CET, Scotland House Brussels.

Aimee van Wynsberghe
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Prof. van Wynsberghe speaks about the risks of AI for Persons with Disabilities at the World's first G7 Global Inclusion Summit

The beginning of September 2022 saw the first ever G7 Global Inclusion Summit in Berlin, hosted by the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities. The aim of the summit was to work together to enable more participation for people with disabilities in the G7 countries and to tackle global challenges together, also from the perspective of inclusion.

Prof. van Wynsberghe was invited to give a keynote on the impact of artificial intelligence on persons with disabilities. She highlighted how disability studies and scholars are largely excluded from the AI bias debate although the use of AI often exacerbates the marginalisation of persons with disabilities.

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Bonn Sustainable AI Lab at Ars Electronica Festival

The Bonn Sustainable AI Lab team was very excited to travel to Austria for one of the most important festivals for digital art: Ars Electronica. The festival took place from 7-11 September 2022 in Linz, Austria, and focussed on the interlinkages between art, technology and society.

At the festival, the ArtScience Residency’s winner Irakli Sabekia presented his ‘Archive of Spatial Knowledge’, the artwork he created in the framework of the residency with the Sustainable AI Lab.

Aimee van Wynsberghe and Irakli Sabekia participated in the panel “Residency. But How?” and shared their experiences with the residency programme.

Click the links below for more information or a video of the panel.

Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe
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Aimee van Wynsberghe admitted to the Academy of Sciences and Literature

The Academy of Sciences and Literature has admitted six new members. Among them is Humboldt Professor Aimee van Wynsberghe. The AI ethicist from the University of Bonn has become a full member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Class.

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Throwback: Bonn Sustainable AI Lab goes to Ghana!

In May 2022 the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab team travelled to Accra, Ghana, for the workshop “Sustainable AI Across Borders,” which was jointly organised by the lab and the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana, Legon.

“The purpose of this trip was to strengthen the partnership that we have, to share research ideas and to plan for fruitful collaborations in the future,” says Prof. Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, the lab’s director.

Click the link below for more information as well as photos and a video.

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ArtScience Residency – Irakli Sabekia
Artist talk at Foyer of Deutsche Telekom

9. June 2022, 17:00 – 19:00

Language: English

Place: Foyer Headquarter Deutsche Telekom, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 140, 53113 Bonn (open for everybody) or ONLINE-STREAM.

Speaker: Irakli Sabekia (Artist), Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe (Sustainable AI Lab, University Bonn), Antje Hundhausen (Vice President Brand Experience, Deutsche Telekom)

Moderator: Laura Welzenbach (Head of Ars Electronica Export)

ArtScience Residency 2022 - The winners

“My team at the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab and I are incredibly excited to collaborate with Špela Petrič and Irakli Sabekia, two exceptional artists with fascinating project ideas. Their proposals deal with two very different but equally pressing and relevant topics – the usage of artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector and the Russian occupation of territories in Georgia. They are concerned with the wider issues of global injustice and power and making the hidden visible, which is a strong connection to the research happening at the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab. Bringing art, science and ethics together is one of our lab’s key goals, so I look forward to many inspiring encounters and exchanges between our lab team and the artists.”
(Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe, March 2022)
Aimee van Wynsberghe
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Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence 2021

Aimee van Wynsberghe is the Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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Researching Ethical AI

Stiftung Mercator awards €3.8 Million to the Universities of Bonn and Cambridge
 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming society as algorithms increasingly impact access to jobs and insurance, justice, medical treatments, as well as our daily interactions with friends and family. As these technologies race ahead, we are starting to see unintended social consequences: algorithms that promote everything from racial bias in healthcare to the misinformation eroding faith in democracies. To ensure AI supports core human values, the German philanthropic foundation Stiftung Mercator has awarded a €3.8 million grant to a collaboration between the Universities of Bonn and Cambridge.

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ArtScience Residency
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ArtScience Residency 2022 Open Call

Together with Ars Electronica the Art Collection Deutsche Telekom enables artistic research through science collaboration within the framework of the ArtScience residency. The goal is to exhibit an artwork dedicated to the challenging questions around digitalization and AI at the Ars Electronica Festival in September 2022.
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Sustainable AI Conference

The University of Bonn launched the world's first International conference on the topic of "Sustainable AI" in June 2021.

The whole conference is now available on YouTube.

The report of the "Global Future Council on AI for Humanity" is also available now.

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Data Pollution & Power - Initiative

The Data Pollution & Power (DPP) Initiative explores the power dynamics that shape the data pollution of AI across the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We examine the data of AI as a human and natural resource in data eco-systems of power and consider actions and governance approaches that are intrinsically interrelated in systems of power and interests. The initiative is led by the independent senior researcher Gry Hasselbalch.
It is set up at the Bonn University’s Institute for Science and Ethics’ Sustainable AI Lab.

Special Issue 2022
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Call for Papers

This Special Issue is designed to think about the sustainability of AI and aims at sparking discussion on the environmental, social and economic costs of designing, developing and using AI across society.

Aimee van Wynsberghe
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AI research at the IWE

Aimee van Wynsberghe has been chosen for Humboldt professorship „Applied Ethics of Artificial Intelligence“.

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