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Ethics as renewed clarity about new situations

An article in the journal Big Data & Society criticizes the form of ethics that has come to dominate research and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI). The authors question the same “framework interpretation” of ethics that you could read about on the Ethics Blog last week. However, with one disquieting difference. Rather than functioning as a…

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Paper roundup – Neuroethics, AI ethics, dual-use, responsible neurorobotics & how to carry on during the Covid-19 crisis

Large-scale international collaborative brain research exists in a societal context. The Human Brain Project is committed to responsible research and innovation. This summer, HPB researchers have published a number of papers on different ethical and societal impacts of neuroscientific advances. As the Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s professional and personal lives, we have shared experiences…

Diversity in research: why do we need it?

Scientific discovery is based on the novelty of the questions you ask. This means that if you want to discover something new, you probably have to ask a different question. And since different people have different preconceptions and experiences than you, they are likely to formulate their questions differently. This makes a case for diversity…

What is intelligence? Theoretical contributions to AI ethics from the Human Brain Project

Several European projects are contributing tools for applied AI ethics. A recent paper in Science and Engineering Ethics from the Human Brain Project suggests that that ethical reflection on the practical aspects of artificial intelligence requires theoretical reflection and clarification of key concepts: What is intelligence? And how do we make the distincition between natural…

Recommendations for European AI strategy

Engagement with publics and expert stakeholders is part of the Human Brain project’s approach to responsible research and innovation. One outcome of the work is seven recommendations for the European Commission’s whitepaper on AI from the Danish Board of Technology Foundation. The recommendations are based on input from experts in law, ethics, social science, economy…

Responsible AI Frontrunner Internship @ DMU

Are you a student at De Montfort University (DMU) interested in social, ethical and political aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? We are currently inviting applications for Responsible AI Frontrunner internship. This internship is based within the Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Support team at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). Application deadline is…

Two PhD scholarships in ethics & RRI of research infrastructures, AI & data

Would you like to do a PhD in ethics and Responsible Research and Innovation of research infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data? Our Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Support team has two fantastic PhD scholarships available. The deadline for applications is 24 February and applications can be submitted here. The PhDs will be based at…

‘Healthy AI’ at MozFest 2019

George Ogoh The theme of the Mozila Festival (MozFest) for 2019 was ‘Healthy AI’. MozFest is an eventful gathering of people interested in discussing topics related to a healthier internet. This year was the 10th anniversary and the events took place in London from 21 to 27 October 2019. The theme of ‘healthy AI’ was…

PhD opportunities in ethics of research infrastructures, AI & data

Would you like to join the HBP Ethics Support team to be a research assistant and do your PhD? We currently have two positions open. Application deadline is 9 January and you can read the advertisement and apply for these positions here. Successful applicants will join the interdisciplinary and international HBP team at the Centre…

Equitable AI in public health

Bernd Carsten Stahl The discussion of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) covers a broad set of issues and many different application areas. One frequently named application area where AI may have a revolutionary potential is that of healthcare. In addition to being able to improve specific medical processes, such as disease classification, there is…