The development of AI-based technology raises ethical issues with regard to transparency, explainability, fairness, inclusion, robustness, security and regulation, which are seldom addressed in traditional technical courses of study. But a 2021 survey by the Goethe-Institut and the Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Informatics Society) found that a great many students and professionals alike wish to discuss these very issues in depth. This is where our summer school comes in, providing an opportunity for young people with a background in AI and/or ethics to grapple with the largely overlooked ethical issues of artificial intelligence.
The AI & Ethics Summer School takes an interdisciplinary approach featuring partners and lecturers from academia, civil society and the AI development community. Various ethical perspectives, covering questions of power relations and society as well as value-sensitive design, are tied into practical considerations using the Machine Learning Life Cycle process.
The programme also provides added value in the form of networking meetings with experts and other participants as well as one-to-one consultations with experts.
At the AI & Ethics Summer School, you will:
What does the AI & Ethics Summer School offer?
- Take part in a modular programme exploring in depth AI-related ethical issues from various theoretical and interdisciplinary angles
- Enhance your practical competence in identifying and handling ethical problems in everyday working life
- In practically oriented workshops given by experts, learn concrete methods you can apply to your own work
- Learn how to embed the discussions and findings in a European legal context
- Become part of an international interdisciplinary network
- The programme provides an opportunity for participants to bring their own work/applications to work on in a team.
Eligibility criteria for participation
- This programme is open to young professionals working for AI-oriented companies or start-ups, as well as second-/third-cycle computer science students specializing in AI technologies and second-/third-cycle students of philosophy, law and social sciences with extensive technical knowledge.
- A very good command of English is required.
- Enrolment is limited to 40 participants selected by a panel of experts in late July.
Participation in the AI & Ehtics Summer School is free of charge. However, costs for travel, accommodation and catering are self-funded by the participants.
The jury-meeting for the selection of participants for the summer school took place in the end of July.