AI Here & There
Transatlantic Dialogues on Artificial Intelligence, Society and Innovation
Speaker Series — Spring 2021
In the past decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has quietly and quickly become prominent in our daily lives, whether we have realized it or not. AI has made itself indispensable: in our private lives, in the workplace, in sports, and even art. However, there are only a select few that know what AI really is about and what this means for us as a society. This four-part event series aims at introducing the subject of AI to a broad audience. Each event will be focused on different subjects. Since this is a global topic, we took this opportunity in stride to invite panelists both locally and internationally from Switzerland and the US.
The series is organized by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and the Center for Responsible AI | NYU Tandon School of Engineering and hosted by Mona Sloane.
Tracing Artificial Intelligence in Our Everyday Lives
March 23, 2021
A discussion of the impact of AI in our everyday lives and in our society. How aware are we of AI? What does it mean for democracy and society? We take a look at the ethical considerations related to AI and the regulatory framework to ensure fair and just development.
AI for Sustainability: a tool to save our planet?
April 13, 2021
AI is an integral part of our everyday lives. As such, it also plays a role in the mounting climate emergency. For example, training a single large natural language processing model can consume as much energy as a car over its entire lifetime. At the same time, AI can help mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. For example by helping to understand complex weather patterns and climate systems to improve climate change projections. This second event of the four-part event series “AI Here and There” focuses on the question if AI can be a tool for sustainability that can help us save our planet.
AI and the Future of Health
April 20, 2021
Science and technology have always been developing in tandem — this is particularly true for medicine. Now, AI is accelerating this development. Different kinds of AI applications are used in the health industry, ranging from computer vision technologies used in radiology to detect tumors, to the use of machine learning methods in drug discovery, and prediction algorithms that help and identify patients with complex health needs. This third event of the four-part event series “AI Here and There” will focus on the question if and how AI will shape the future of medicine and health.
AI, Art and Creativity
April 27, 2021
This fourth conversation will focus on the question of how AI pushes the boundaries of what we often frame as a uniquely human trait — creativity, how art can serve as a way to understand and perhaps critique the ways in which AI plays a role in our social lives, and what role AI technologies can play in the art market. The distinguished panel of Carina Popovici, Marnie Benney, Stephanie Dinkins, and Daniel Bisig will bring perspectives from both Switzerland and the US to the table.