Join us for a day of disruptive dialogue about Artiﬁcial Intelligence and 21st Century Education in Ottawa, an annual international symposium hosted by the University of Ottawa in collaboration with Carleton University, St. Paul University, Algonquin College, La Cité, and the Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pedagogique (CFORP).
Join international experts, academics and professionals, government and industry leaders as we discuss the following themes:
Here is a sampling of some of the questions we will explore:
What configurations of power, economics and industry drive the design, development and deployment of AI? To what extent can institutions of higher education play a role in the harnessing of AI?
To what extent do the dictates and demands of the push towards ever-increasing development of AI – as played out in research and private sector interests – displace the traditional skills, knowledge and expertise that our institutions of higher learning continue to train and educate its students for? What societal safeguards might we need to create and implement in light of such a potential radical disruption?
What are some of the current benefits AI has provided to institutions of higher education in administrative and disciplinary applications?
How might we conceive of a more equitably-designed, developed and deployed AI in light of the rate and range of disruption some have forecast as inevitable?
Technology is giving life the potential to ﬂourish like never before – or to self-destruct.
Future of Life Institute
The quote above perhaps best illustrates the two broad positions weighing-in on the overall impact Artificial Intelligence will have on our world.
On the one hand, there are those who believe that civilization faces profound and eminent dangers with the unfettered development of AI, leading to a situation in which its power will ultimately exceed our capacity to manage it, rendering humans incapable of directing and controlling it, thus leading to our ultimate downfall.
On the other – there are those who believe that AI will ultimately be driven by the needs of its designers and radically transform our world for the better. They believe that AI’s immense power will be contained and managed, unfolding within the parameters in which they were envisioned and programmed.
Obviously these two views characterize the polar extremes of the AI debate. While the E21 Symposium on Artificial Intelligence will sometimes refer to them as touchstones possibilities – the purpose of the Symposium is to critically explore the range of political, economic, legal, social, global and ethical implications – particularly as such technological developments will significantly impact on the educational arena writ large:
Our goal then, is to encourage disruptive dialogue – to break conventional thinking and explore alternative ways of imagining, conceptualizing and conveying a wide-range of emerging and evolving questions pertaining to the broad cultural impact of artificial intelligence.
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