Digital Discourses

Humanity in the age of AI

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As we enter the age of AI, an important conversation surrounding the ethical implications of this development becomes imperative. AI creates new possibilities and furthers innovation, but at what cost?

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Conference series


3.15 PM
Speaker: Dr. Anna Jobin (Germany)

Artificial Intelligence is not just a technical field; it is also a social concern. This is evident in the growing demand for 'ethical AI'. Existing AI ethics guidelines and principles highlight significant challenges related to value prioritization, implementation, and broader issues beyond ethics and AI.

3.35  PM
Speaker: Dr. Ir. Lukas (Indonesia)

AI in Indonesia is rapidly advancing, fostering innovation across sectors like education, healthcare, agriculture, and finance. With growing investments and talent pool, it transforms the human-machine coexistence.

3.55 PM
Speaker: Lena Rickenberg (Germany)

Is AI a blessing in the sky to solve the biggest and most difficult challenges of our time or are the drawbacks of AI - such as coded bias - outweigh the positive prospects? A comparison of advantages and disadvantages, showcases of examples from the mobility sector, quick overview of the EU's plans to regulate AI and a quick German course.

4.30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Jun-E Tan (Malaysia)

The recent hype around artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked significant discussion and prompted regulatory interest and action on a global scale. During this talk, we will discuss various types of risks posed by AI and consider the challenges of AI governance within the context of Southeast Asia.

4.50 PM
Speaker: Arthit Suriyawongkul (Thailand)

This session explores the existing AI accountability requirements in EU and Thailand's AI regulation proposals. What measures will be in place for AI systems to "commit to legal and ethical obligations," "explain and demonstrate ethical implementation to internal and external stakeholders," and "remedy any failure to act properly"?

5.10 PM
Moderator: Hafiz Noer (Indonesia)

Regulations and ethical guidelines serve as guardrails in AI development. However, the journey from guidelines to practice and effective governance is fraught with obstacles. Algorithmic bias, data privacy concerns, accountability, transparency, and the potential for misuse and unintended consequences present formidable challenges.  
Will we benefit from heavier regulation of AI or will this stifle innovation at an early adoption stage? How do we put ethical guidelines into practice? While the European Union opts for a stricter approach, in Southeast Asia, restrictive laws on technology have often correlated with digital rights violations and increased government surveillance. How can we ensure that AI regulations uphold digital human rights?  
This panel will explore the various strategies adopted by societies to approach this challenge. 

Speakers and Moderator

Dr. Anna Jobin is a Senior Researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society Berlin and a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute Human-IST at the University of Fribourg. 

Dr. Lukas is an associate professor at Electrical Engineering department, Atma Jaya University. Currently is the Chairman of Indonesia Artificial Intelligence Society (IAIS) and the founder of security community, Indonesia Honeynet Project (IHP).

Lena Rickenberg works at the Think Tank iRights.Lab as a project lead for digital mobility and is also part of the team responsible for research and communication about AI and Ethics. She studied Political Management and worked in the startup and non-profit sector before.

Dr. Jun-E Tan is a Senior Research Associate at Khazanah Research Institute. Her current research interests include digital rights and AI governance in the contexts of Southeast Asia and Malaysia.

Arthit Suriyawongkul is a computer scientist and anthropologist by training. He is a PhD researcher on AI accountability at SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Hafiz Noer is the Head of Public Policy, Government Relations, and Research at the Center for Digital Society, UGM. His primary research areas encompass innovation studies, science and technology, and public policy. He holds a master’s degree in Innovation, Public Policy, and Public Value from University College London.

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