Nina Pejič a Discussant at the Round Table on Artificial Intelligence
Assist. Nina Pejič, junior research fellow at the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, participated at the International Workshop and Roundtable titled 'Coexistence with Artificial Intelligence: Vision of Society 5.0', organised by the Institute 14 and the European Liberal Forum (ELF), which took place at the Poligon in Ljubljana on 21 November 2019. In her contribution, Nina addressed the role of AI superpowers such as the People's Republic of China and the United States on the development of AI innovation ecosystem in Europe.
Workshop discussions focused on the issue of the coexistence of human and artificial intelligence (AI) and regulation of AI. Both topics continued with a roundtable discussion where speakers more specifically touched upon topics such as the future of algorithm development, AM, cybernetics, cognitive systems and cyber security, mainly from an ethical and social point of view.
The speakers at the roundtable came from various fields and included:
- dr. Janek Musek from the Ethics and Values Institute Jože Trontelj;
- dr. Dan Podjed from the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts;
- dr. Aljaž Košmerlj from the Institute Jožef Stefan;
- dr. Ivan Bratko from the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana;
- Nina Pejič from the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana;
- Jonas Valbjørn Andersen from IT University Copenhagen; and
- Paul Kuyer from Dublin City University.
Ms Pejič focused on the ecosystems that support development of AI innovations in China, the US and European Union. She explained that: “Europe sees AI as a technology that comes to us from the outside, although there are some top AI experts working here in Europe. China, on the other hand, has been copying this technology from the US for years and years. However, they did it systematically and later upgraded it with their technology.” She further acknowledged several areas of possible improvement which could define what precisely is EU’s ‘3rd way’ in the global AI context. “However, EU should seek not to restrain but to govern the AI development – guide it into the strategically and financially thought-through direction that both the US and China often lack.”
The speakers unanimously called for a model of use and regulation of AI that would ensure the continuation of European democratic values.
You can listen to the discussion here.
The full video of the round table is also available here.