World Series Events on Artificial intelligence
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenian Presidency and the International Research Center Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) have joined forces to organize 12 events in close cooperation with Slovenian embassies and other permanent representatives in 9 countries around the world.
The aim of this effort is to set an active agenda for AI during the Slovenian Presidency and to provide a basis for continuing and promoting bilateral discussions in the field of AI and sustainable development beyond the Presidency.
The events will be accompanying by the release of the IRCAI Award, highlighting the valuable work of individual researchers, developers or educators, who have shown results and demonstrated impact from the application of AI to address any of the seventeen UN SDGs. It will be presented annually to someone who has made a significant contribution (technical, or policy and practice, or research and development) to the AI and SDG community.
This partnership is made of four main actions during the Presidency from showcasing research in Artificial Intelligence, opinions in Sustainable Development, and policy creation by:
1. Running an International Events Series showcasing government, research and business perspectives in AI and Sustainable Development across the world from Abu Dhabi, Ottawa, Tel Aviv, Genève, Bucharest, Tokyo, Pairs with OECD and Berlin and ending at the main stage event for DigiEduHack 2021 in Slovenia.
2. Announcing the IRCAI International AI Award as a pan-European and international award started by the Slovenian Presidency and to be presented annually.
3. Hosting the Digital Education Hackathon main stage on AI and Education, themed across solutions for UN Sustainable Goals, as the final event of this international marathon. This is an EU flagship initiative, a two-day event made of 24 hours of ‘hacking’ and ‘generating ideas’.
4. Establishing the IRCAI International Network as a tangible result of the Slovenian Presidency, a distributed center of excellence for research, innovation and expertise, to become a world reference in AI that can attract investments in AI and Sustainability research and the best talents in the field, and provide in-depth work based on the multistakeholder global discussions coming from the events series.
Event 1: AI and ethics
Location: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
Many international organizations are working to harness the opportunities in their fields of competence and have been considering pressing concerns related to the rapid development of AI, from Human Rights to ethical issues. A first global normative instrument in this critically important area (once adopted) should be the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, as a comprehensive global standard-setting tool instrument to give AI a strong ethical foundation that not only protects but also promotes human rights and dignity. Participating experts on this panel will discuss the text of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), will be adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 41st session. The panel discussion will explore the issue of ethical uniqueness in the context of the emerging field of artificial intelligence, which has not only garnered worldwide interest but also requires an urgent and global response. Through the participating experts, insight will be provided into the work in the field of ethics, trustworthiness, bias, in a number of international organizations such as UNESCO, Council of Europe and IRCAI.
Event 2: AI and education
Location: Abu Dhabi, Dubai
The issue of AI is one of the fundamental areas that the UAE sees as leading in the post-Covid-19 epidemic. Given that the Republic of Slovenia is one of the leading countries in this field, it will certainly be useful to exchange opinions between experts from both countries in this field. The meeting will address the issues of AI training and AI in the field of education. Participants from the UAE would present the University of Artificial Intelligence, while the Slovenian side would lead a discussion on the use of artificial intelligence in the field of education. The study of AI is a novelty in the world and it is necessary to introduce not only new fields of education into the education system, which will be introduced to new generations, but also to define the knowledge that future experts in this field will need in their work. AI should be used in the field of education in various ways, not only for its promotion but as an applied science.
Event 3: AI and climate change
Location: Ottawa, Canada
The issue of AI is one of the A round table on artificial intelligence and research and development strategies will be held in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, the Israeli Innovation Agency, Tel Aviv University – Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Center (Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel) on the Israeli side and the International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) on the Slovenian side. It would be a hybrid event that would be broadcast live via the web and social media. The round table would include an interactive discussion on research and development strategies for the field of artificial intelligence. Experiences and good practices would be exchanged, and opportunities for cooperation would be explored. The strategy to support research and development in the field of artificial intelligence includes strengthening research capacity in the field of AI in the academic and research spheres and infrastructure in the field of AI, supporting education to build human capital / workforce for AI, introducing digitization in all areas and opening up data. state-owned databases for researchers and industry, changes in regulatory frameworks and structures. areas that the UAE sees as leading in the post-Covid-19 epidemic. Given that the Republic of Slovenia is one of the leading countries in this field, it will certainly be useful to exchange opinions between experts from both countries in this field. The meeting will address the issues of AI training and AI in the field of education. Participants from the UAE would present the University of Artificial Intelligence, while the Slovenian side would lead a discussion on the use of artificial intelligence in the field of education. The study of AI is a novelty in the world and it is necessary to introduce not only new fields of education into the education system, which will be introduced to new generations, but also to define the knowledge that future experts in this field will need in their work. AI should be used in the field of education in various ways, not only for its promotion but as an applied science.
Event 4: AI and R&D strategies
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
A round table on artificial intelligence and research and development strategies will be held in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, the Israeli Innovation Agency, Tel Aviv University – Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Center (Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel) on the Israeli side and the International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) on the Slovenian side. It would be a hybrid event that would be broadcast live via the web and social media. The round table would include an interactive discussion on research and development strategies for the field of artificial intelligence. Experiences and good practices would be exchanged, and opportunities for cooperation would be explored. The strategy to support research and development in the field of artificial intelligence includes strengthening research capacity in the field of AI in the academic and research spheres and infrastructure in the field of AI, supporting education to build human capital / workforce for AI, introducing digitization in all areas and opening up data. state-owned databases for researchers and industry, changes in regulatory frameworks and structures.
Event 5: AI and development
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Across the globe, AI is transforming economies and societies at an unprecedented speed, promising vast opportunities. As we strive for digital economies that will put people at their heart, foster international development and protect human rights and freedoms, we must aim for open and transparent use of AI, educate and build awareness, but also increase the capacity globally. Opportunities do not come without risks. The design, development and implementation of AI tools must be compliant with human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, and should support economic and political stability. An already existing »digital divide« between and within developing countries could further increase social inequality and leave the »unconnected« behind. International cooperation of the future and the North-South cooperation must therefore harness the power of the technological advancement around AI. Improved digital connectivity, leaps in processing power, data management and algorithms can contribute to solutions of complex development challenges ranging from healthcare to education, from logistics to urban development, from climate change to women empowerment. A myriad of stakeholders must be involved to harness the power of AI for international cooperation. How can we bring on board international organizations, governments, public and private organizations, research institutions and citizens? How can we achieve meaningful and effective partnerships for international cooperation? How can AI support international cooperation and global sustainable development?
Event 6: AI and public health
Location: Bern, Switzerland
New technologies have had a revolutionary impact on healthcare since the early 1990s. At first complex, costly and limited process developed into an advanced, assimilated and mainstream support of the society with a remarkable value for our health. From monitoring the impact of policies on population health to technologies that allow people to manage their healthy habits, from mobile health (mHealth) to wearable devices, from telehealth to telemedicine, the power of computing platforms, rapidly developing software and increasing connectivity serve the humankind to improve our lives. With the use of robotics in healthcare, utilization of machine-learning techniques and software and spread of sophisticated tools that harness the power of AI, the AI is transforming the healthcare sector and the future of public health. As data, analytics and AI drive innovation across the sectors, COVID-19 pandemic additionally triggered acceleration of modelling and predicting demands and solutions, both for diagnosing and for drug development. Intellectual property laws will have to find a way to adapt in order to enable innovation and protect future developments and investments. At the same time, education, investment, multiplication of effects, equal distribution and development that considers safety and security of the citizens are some of the crucial activities that we as a society must undertake when it comes to the AI and the future of health. How can we reach long-lasting results? How can we harness the power of AI for public health and reduce the risks related to the use of new technologies? How can we make sure that developing countries benefit from the rapid technological development equally and meaningfully? What are the implications of the new technologies in the field of intellectual property?
Event 7: AI and future scenarios
Location: Bucharest, Romania
The times when information represented “gold” have passed into an era when the flood of information poses a threat to democratic processes and human security. At the same time, with the fourth industrial revolution, the use of artificial intelligence tools is expanding, which can be a solution or an additional threat. In the three-hour workshop, participants will create scenarios for the future of the information age and artificial intelligence through the prism of strategic foresight. In the introductory part of the workshop, 2 to 3 introductory speakers will set the content, followed by a 3-hour workshop using strategic foresight tools. The method of creating FUTURE SCENARIOS prepares participants to think about the future, which is worth imagining, to think about the future from new perspectives. At the same time, it challenges them to identify ways to act in the desired future. The aim of the talks is not to reach a consensus on what the future should look like, but to encourage them to think about different alternative and priority futures. Through the workshop, participants will create ideas about the future development of society in an age where there is a flood of information, cybersecurity has become a new pillar of general security, and artificial intelligence tools need to be targeted so that they are beneficial and not harmful.
Event 8: AI and robotics for smart society 5.0
Location: Tokyo, Japan
RS is advanced in the use of AI, but at the same time it has a huge potential for its transmission. The project will address the use of AI and robotics in the arts, industry, advanced policies and society. We would like to present the solutions of the Republic of Slovenia for the establishment of a smart society 5.0., Considering the cooperation between the Republic of Slovenia and Japan in creating smart cities, the cooperation of the DDTLab Laboratory with Yaskawa Ishigure, the activities of the IRCAI and the AI and Robotics Departments of the JSI. AI and robotics concern all aspects of social life. The project aims to connect policies on artificial intelligence and robotics with their implementation in practice, through existing partnerships between Slovenia and Japan at the level of government representatives, academics, entrepreneurs and artists. In the project we want to present innovative ideas, such as. Yaskawa’s robotic arm (NeuroYaski) that can be controlled by thoughts. It is a demonstration of the use of industrial robotics outside of factory industrial use. The direction of technology development has changed. From science and engineering, where the emphasis is on technology itself (codes, programs, applications), there is now a greater emphasis on art and design. It represents robotics in the direction of humanization of technologies, which can be used in creative rehabilitation, education, creative expression, etc. Artists, programmers and the industry are involved in the development of the NeuroYaski project. The project was created in cooperation of creative industries with the economy.
Event 9: AI and global policy
Location: OECD, Paris, France
On April 21, 2021, the EU Commission adopted the AI Regulation, a proposal for a regulation on “artificial intelligence systems” (AI systems), which it describes as “the first ever legal framework on AI.” The AI Regulation will impose significant obligations impacting businesses across many, if not all, sectors of the economy. The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening AI uptake, investment and innovation across the EU. (Characteristics of future risks, technological approach and demands, different dimensions of risks).
Event 10: AI and art
Location: Brussells, Belgium
At the invitation of the Bozar Lab Gallery, the exhibition of award-winning projects curated by Jurij Krpan and jointly entitled Hybrid Beings will feature projects by Slovenian artists working in the field of artificial intelligence: the multi-year BioBot art project by sculptor Zoran Putla Srdič, the project by Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman Star Valley (Sirius), Sanela Jahič’s project The Labor of Making Labor Disapear, and Špela Petrič’s project of interspecific communication with plants. The traditional STARTS exhibition, which will highlight the surplus of creative artistic use of artificial intelligence, is an emblematic project of the European Commission to promote top projects that connect artists and industry and science. The project creates new spaces for innovative encounters between art and artificial intelligence, and by connecting artificial intelligence with human life functions, it brings new opportunities for a humanistic approach to our common future.
Event 11: AI and future of work
Location: Berlin, Germany
Artificial intelligence is gaining ground in many areas of our operations as an important element. We are also increasingly confronted with artificial intelligence in the world of work. Artificial intelligence is no longer the future, but the present, as many employers around the world use a variety of technological solutions on a daily basis in both the public and private sectors. However, artificial intelligence in the world of work raises not only questions about technological solutions, but also many others. Even with the increased use of artificial intelligence, we face similar dilemmas as with any technological revolution – not only the fear of technological unemployment, but also the aspect of knowledge and competencies that workers need with new technologies. The use of different technologies based on the use of artificial intelligence is thus not only a technological and economic but also a social issue. That is why dialogue is necessary: both between the social partners and in societies in general. In order for artificial intelligence to contribute to the well-being of all, we need appropriate public policies and investment to strengthen investment in people and their skills to make it easier to take advantage of the opportunities offered by (technological) changes in the world of work.
Event 12: AI and COVID-19
AI in epidemiological perspective studies
AI in drug discovery and development
AI in personalized medicine approach
Implementing multidisciplinary concepts of AI in higher education
Enriching educational outcomes and competency building by AI
Digital transformation of higher transformation
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