This one-day seminar will bring together the UK’s future leaders to examine the opportunities provided by Artificial Intelligence, as well as the ethical challenges this technology could pose.
Aspen UK, in partnership with Microsoft, is planning a one-day seminar in London, for the ‘NextGen Network’.
We hope to break down barriers between different communities and explore scenarios that will provide a better sense of the ethics of AI in the UK, and future direction. The last few years have shown remarkable advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML). Already these systems are creating much new in our world – new means of medical screening and patient treatment; safer, self-driving vehicles; easier, more natural man-machine communication; more efficient logistics; better farming techniques and crop yields; and better decision-making in everything from insurance, to banking, policing, and even national security.
But AI/ML is also beginning to put new strains on the ethical architecture in the UK and beyond, and there are concerns that the ability to centralize and process data could limit personal autonomy, privacy, agency and dignity.
Next-Gen Network AI-Seminar Format
Aspen UK will select 35, next generation thinkers and leaders, to participate in this off-the-record workshop in London on 2-3 September. This group will consist of start-up founders, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, civil society activists, and rising local policy-makers and politicians from Westminster, and the nations and regions.
The day will generate ideas about how to realise the potential of technology in an ethical manner. Each participant will be selected because he or she will bring a unique point of view to the discussion. They will also have the opportunity to spend time with established thought leaders in this field.
The Aspen Initiative UK will cover travel and one night of accommodation for all participants travelling from outside London.
Like all Aspen seminars, all participants will receive some texts beforehand and will be expected to read them, to inform the conversation. The day will be professionally moderated, and although the discussions will be off the record, the thoughts of the workshop will be written up by a rapporteur present at the workshop and used to shape future activities of the NextGen network, which is being formed globally.
We expect the discussions to be provocative, dynamic and engaging and yield ideas around the key discussion topics. For this reason, we will ask participants to contribute in all sessions, considering values and actionable recommendations, and share their broader insights and experiences.
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