4th public seminar of the “Science Cafe”

January 5, 2022


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students
Date(s) January 17, 2022 17:00 — 18:00
Location Online
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
Registration Period January 5, 2022 — January 17, 2022
Contact Office of the Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Science Cafe is a public seminar series organized by the Institute for AI and Beyond, with the aim of disseminating the contents of research to society in the form of a dialogue between research leaders of Basic Research (Mid- and Long-term Research) and science communicators. Each seminar will have a different theme, such as how AI will advance the research of each speaker and how the results from that research will be relevant to society in the future.

At the 4th Science Cafe, Dr. Ai Hisano, Associate Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, who specializes in the history of technology and social history, will discuss social issues, including ethics, related to the development of AI. We will also invite Dr. Shuang Lu Frost, Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, who has written widely on the social implications of AI.
The development of AI has brought about unprecedented technological progress in human history, and has greatly contributed to economic development and improvement of convenience in daily life. However, some scholars have pointed out in recent years that such technological development could promote the exclusion of social minorities and increase social inequality. Part of these social problems is related to the fact that the development and use of AI are not necessarily neutral but reflect, and are influenced by, social, cultural, and political changes. For example, engineers and researchers are unconsciously influenced by their social norms, cultural values, and ethical standards, and what they consider “ideal technology” is contingent on the context. Exploring the role of AI in society, we will discuss various implications of the development and use of AI.

Ai Hisano (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo)
Shuang Lu Frost (Assistant Professor, Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University)
Ayumi Koso (Director, National BioResource Project PR Office, National Institute of Genetics)

Language: English (Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided)
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