Artificial Intelligence: Coexisting with Machines

  • Full Title: Artificial Intelligence: Coexisting with Machines
  • Dates: December 3–4, 2022, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Location: CHS Greece, Nafplio
  • Organized by: CHS Greece
  • Open to: All (up to 18 positions)
  • Application Period: October 17–November 17, 2022
  • Language: Greek
  • Academic Coordination: Charalambos Tsekeris (Senior Research Fellow in Digital Sociology at the National Centre for Social Research in Athens, Greece, and Vice-President of the Hellenic National Commission for Bioethics & Technoethics)
  • Activity Administration: Matina Goga (CHS Greece)

Interest in the workshop exceeded all expectations, and since the available places for the workshop have already been filled, we inform you that we will not accept additional applications. We warmly thank all interested parties, and stay tuned for more related activities in the future.

About the workshop

Overview

Within the context of the annual series of workshops 2022–2023, Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece offers the Workshop "Artificial Intelligence: Coexisting with Machines."

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come into our lives for good, although most people often cannot define it or comprehend its role in our daily lives. Furthermore, the rapid invasion of advanced "smart" algorithms affects how we work, learn, communicate, and relate to others while raising severe moral issues and tangible threats to liberal democracy and humanity. During the workshop, we will reflect upon our fears and hopes and delve into the impact of Artificial Intelligence on modern society and human values, as well as into a range of trends and scenarios for our possible digital futures.

Thematic areas – Workshop structure

The approach to the workshop's topic will be structured on the following thematic axes:

Day one

  • Human civilization and technological development
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution, Meta-Internet, Artificial Intelligence
  • Data, Algorithms, Platforms: The digital triad of the 21st century
  • Myths and realities about Artificial Intelligence
  • Risks and benefits of the development of intelligent machines
  • Metaverse, digital challenges, and existential threats
  • Neurocapitalism, social media, fake news
  • Globalization 4.0, education, and the labor market

Day two

  • Digital Ethics / Technoethics, Rights and Technoregulation
  • Challenges for democracy and the importance of digital intelligence
  • What does it mean to be human in the age of Artificial Intelligence?
  • Transhumanism, Technical Posthumanism, Digital Immortality
  • Studying for the Futures of Artificial Intelligence: Strategic Foresight
  • Artificial Intelligence and Religion
  • Conclusions on the coexistence of humans and machines

During the workshop meetings, the academic coordinator will introduce the above topics, and participants are invited to contribute to the group's discussions and case studies actively. In addition, ten days before the workshop, participants will receive relevant material that they can optionally study in advance.

Objectives

Participants in the workshop are expected to:

  • Get acquainted with the concepts of Artificial Intelligence, Technoethics, Transhumanism, Technical Posthumanism, and Anthropocene.
  • Examine positive and negative aspects of artificial intelligence development, on an individual and collective basis, with an emphasis on ethical, social, and political consequences.
  • Recognize the dimensions of their role as active citizens in perceiving digital reality and preventing adverse impacts on democracy
  • Evaluate the role of "smart" algorithms in information, communication, social behavior, and human relationships.
  • Apply philosophical and sociological ideas in evaluating developments linked to advanced algorithms, big data, and digital platforms.
  • Reflect upon the association between the development of AI and the values of our society.
  • Explore ways in which the use of Artificial Intelligence contributes to social well-being while at the same time challenging human freedom and privacy.
  • Build up their critical thinking and examine how we will respond as active citizens to current challenges, but also prepare for potential/possible digital futures.

Participation

Participation in the workshop is free of charge and no prior knowledge is required about the subjects to be discussed.

The 18 participants will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis in the order of applications received. If applications exceed the threshold of 18, the selection criterion will be participating for the first time in a CHS workshop in combination with the application submission time.

CHS will provide the participants who complete the activity successfully with a thank you letter, certifying their participation in the workshop.

All applicants will be notified by CHS Greece by November 21, 2022, by e-mail about the progress of their application. Participants need to confirm their participation by e-mail and will also receive upon confirmation further instructions regarding their participation and the submission of other related forms by phone. For clarifications on the workshop and the application process, you can contact the Center for Hellenic Studies daily (10:00 am–5:00 pm) at (+30) 27520 47040.

CHS constantly monitors the instructions of Harvard University and the Greek Authorities, strictly observing all the current health protocols, and will inform participants accordingly if there are changes in the safety protocols and regulations.