Digitalization has brought a number of developments into our lives which only a short while ago were thought futuristic pipe dreams. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of artificial intelligence. AI has long been finding its way into our lives, for instance in the form of automated translation systems or smartphone assistants.
That is why the iRights.Lab and the Goethe Institute Beijing held a public discussion event on 11 March 2017 in order to debate with invited speakers and participants how we want to live with artificial intelligence in the future. Four experts gave the participants insights into aspects of digital developments and changes which will have lasting impacts on our futures in Europe, Germany and China. They discussed with each other and the audience what we want for the future in terms of ethical development, and what we have to do in order to shape our path into the future in a responsible and smart way.
15.00 – Welcoming Remarks
15.10 – Keynote: An Ethically Desirable Digital Future
Dr. Sandra Wachter, expert in Data Ethics and Algorithms at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
15.30 – Keynote: How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Our Lives
Dr. Yin Jie, Philosopher at the Southeast University in Nanjing, China
16.00 – Keynote: Artificial Intelligence in China – Where We Are At
Prof. Sun Fuchuan, information technician at the University of Tsinghua, member of the Executive for the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence and leading member of IEEE
16.20 – Keynote: Sketch of Our Future in a Digital World
Julia Manske, acting project leader of the “Open Data and Privacy” project at the Neue Verantwortung Foundation in Berlin
16.40 – Shots/Contributions
Zhao Zuliang, manager of branding & marketing dept., Megvii Technology Ltd. (AI start-up)
Li Zhuo Huan, partner of PreAngel Investors, one of the most active seed capital investors and early-stage investors in China. He is also the founder of Zixia BBS and JiWai.com, head scientist at youku.com and webmaster at newsmth.net (BBS at the University of Tsinghua).
17.15 – Panel Discussion With Q&A
Prof. Sun Fuchun, Dr. Jie Yin, Julia Manske, Dr. Sandra Wachter
Host: Zandie Brockett, researcher, curator, founder of Bactagon Projects
18.00 – Introduction to the “Dream Phase” Exhibition in the Presence of Artist Chen Zhuo
The event was a part of the discussion series “Perspectives on the Digital Transformation”, set up by the Goethe Institute China and curated by Philipp Otto, Founder and Executive Director of the iRights.Lab. The series looked at differences and similarities in the approaches to digitalization taken in China, Europe and the USA. The goal was not only to discover new information, but also to create mutual understanding regarding the different developments, and to intensify the process of exchange.