News from IBE (CSIC-UPF)
It cannot be denied that Artificial Intelligence is having a growing impact in many areas of human activity. It is helping humans to communicate with each other, find information in the vast resources available on the web, solve challenging problems that go beyond the competence of a single expert, and enable the deployment of autonomous systems. But neither can it be denied that Artificial Intelligence comes with certain risks. Researchers in the field see risks which are already upon us and need urgent remediation.
Concretely, AI algorithms, particularly those embedded in the web and social media, are having an important impact on who talks with whom, how information is selected and presented, and how facts (justified or fake) propagate and compete in public space. However these AI algorithms are now held (at least partly) responsible for allowing the emergence of a post-truth world, highjacking democratic decision processes, and dangerously polarizing society. They all require determined collective action and therefore a political consensus.
This B·Debate, organized by Biocat and "la Caixa" Foundation, together with the IBE (CSIC-UPF) and the Institut d'Investigacio en Intel-ligencia Artificial (CSIC), brings together top experts concerned with the benefits and risks of AI, particularly, but not exclusively, in the domain of web and social media, and seeks to come up with ways to deal with these new challenges. The first day (March 7th) is a closed meeting with experts (by invitation only). The second day of the debate (March 8th) is an open session with previous registration.