Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods and techniques, embedded within computational and cyber-physical technologies, are increasingly performing human-level cognitive activities – from perception and recognition to decision-making and inference. These technologies already play a significant role in improving the quality of life of all people in areas as essential as health care, transportation, communication and working conditions. It is hard to imagine a sector of society that will not be affected by AI.
While AI holds great promise, it also raises numerous ethical concerns and the possibility of serious social disruption. It is essential, therefore, that the potential ethical, cultural, regulatory and economic implications be thoroughly researched and understood by policy-makers, scientists, business and civil society.
Due to the global nature of AI, research organizations can develop new, unique opportunities to work together to support interdisciplinary and international approaches to the socioeconomic issues and opportunities raised by AI through scientific and scholarly exchange.
In this International Call for AI & Society Workshop Proposals, CIFAR, CNRS and UKRI will jointly fund proposals led jointly by experts in Canada, France and the UK on important societal questions arising from new AI technologies.
To be held in all three countries, these workshops are intended to build international collaborations that bring together interdisciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, humanities, law, engineering, computer science and the arts with policymakers and innovators.
Administered by CIFAR, the joint workshops will provide funding and support that brings together new teams that propose to explore the ethical, social, legal, and economic potential impacts of AI developments and an associated research agenda. CIFAR, CNRS and UKRI have agreed to provide equal support up to a total of nine joint workshops in 2019.