'Dr. Inga Ulnicane giving talk on Responsible AI at the HBP workshop at Karolinska Institute. Photo credits: HBP Education

Governance, politics & policy of Artificial Intelligence II

How does society perceive Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what do people expect from it? Is AI seen as a major force that will change global power dynamics or is it perceived as a solution to the main problems that society face today like climate change and poverty? These are some of the questions explored in…

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Dealing with intellectual property related risks for AI algorithm developments and their exploitation in the Chinese market

Although China is an appealing market for the commercialization of AI related algorithms, there are challenges. Many of them are related to obtaining IP protection for algorithms in China. Lack of IP protection will expose the development to theft, infringement and misuse by Chinese competitors and it may result in huge economic losses for the…

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Communicate like the expert you are!

There is a big difference between academic writing and popular science narratives. Communicating about your results and research questions requires a different set of skills, and engaging with media demands that you know why you engage, who you want to inform or influence, where you can find that audience and what is the best way…

Join us to discuss on the future of responsible brain research

What is the future of responsible brain science? How should we advance work on neuroethics, society, and philosophy in research and innovation in the future, practically and conceptually? What is the status of approaches to developing more socially desirable and sustainable science and technology?  On February 2, 2023, we invite you to join us online to…

HBP workshop on dual use at Karolinska Institute in 2018. Photo credits: HBP Education

Developing a novel approach to address dual use issues

How to address issues of dual use in emerging neurosciences and neurotechnologies? This scientifically and practically challenging question has been on the agenda of the Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics and Society team for almost ten years. In collaboration with researchers and experts within and beyond the HBP, we have undertaken research and engagement activities…

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Ethics of AI – Cases and Options 

Are you looking for examples and case studies of ethics of artificial intelligence (AI)? Would you like to understand how these ethical issues can be addressed? If so, our new book will interest you: “Ethics of Artificial Intelligence – Case Studies and Options for Addressing Ethical Challenges” by Bernd Carsten Stahl, Doris Shroeder & Rowena…

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Responsibility by Design: Moving beyond responsible research and innovation

A paper with the title “From Responsible Research and Innovation to responsibility by design” suggests that a ‘Responsibility by Design’ approach can help mitigate some of the challenges experienced in the application of Responsible Research and Innovation (sometimes called RRI) in the Human Brain Project (or HBP). This is a relatively new concept, that can…

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A vision on socially beneficial development of the EBRAINS infrastructure

What is EBRAINS and why the need for an Ethics and Society vision? The emerging European research infrastructure EBRAINS is one of the main legacies of the 10-year EU flagship Human Brain Project or HBP, as it is often called. From the start, the European Commission and partners in the project recognised the need for reflection…

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HBP puts the European Union Assessment List for Trustworthy AI to the test

The ethical and social implications of using artificial intelligence in life science – or society – have become the main hurdle for implementation. The debate has intensified in recent years, bringing a long list of solutions in the form of approaches, tools and initiatives. One of the more prominent examples of this is the European…

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Transparency, accountability and the management of interests in scientific research projects

Managing conflicts of interest is particularly important for a large publicly funded research project such as the Human Brain Project. It should not be reduced to a simplistic and narrow compliance requirement; instead, it should be considered through a wider lens as an exercise that encourages reflection on how an individual’s different activities and commitments…