25.07.2019Ethics and AI/International Leading Thinkers at the AI Summit

The ethical implications of AI is arguably one of the greatest challenges of our modern era, affecting the future of humanity.

Committee for Melbourne is collaborating with the British Consulate-General in Melbourne to bring two leading international AI ethics experts to Melbourne in August who will share their insights and research at the Digital AI Summit on 27 August. Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab. Dr Taddeo will be joined by Roger Taylor – Chair, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (United Kingdom).

Recently Oxford University received one of the most significant philanthropic donations ($AU274M) in its history from the Co-Founder of the Blackstone Group, Stephen A. Schwarzman to house a new Institute for Ethics in AI to study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and other new technology. The institute is expected to open by 2024.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, commented: ‘This generous donation from Stephen A. Schwarzman marks a significant endorsement of the value of the Humanities in the 21st century and Oxford University as the world leader in the field. The new Schwarzman Centre will open a vibrant cultural programme to the public and will enable Oxford to remain at the forefront of both research and teaching while demonstrating the critical role the Humanities will play in helping human society navigate the technological changes of the 21st century.’

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