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Artificial ''Intelligence'' versus Human Dignity: Issues of Fairness and Power in Algorithmic Decisions

Monday 5 September 2022
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The project of Artificial Intelligence bears the promise of providing a tool for overcoming certain limitations of human decision making and action. With the abundance of analyzable data available these days, so-called algorithmic decision-making tools are being developed to help humans solve complex problems in both the public, commercial and private domain. However, whether or what such systems actually achieve, largely depends on who gets to define the problem to be solved, what data are available to them (and what aspects of the problem can be datafied in the first place), and what criteria of success are used in the development or deployment of the system. At the same time, such systems fundamentally transform societal processes and positions of power. For example, social media algorithms have a global impact on what information reaches whom, without the accountability mechanisms that govern traditional media.

In this lecture, Francien Dechesne and Lexo Zardiashvili will discuss their research into the fundamental impacts of algorithmic decision making on society and human dignity, and in particular discuss issues of bias, fairness and power.

This Studium Generale lecture takes place on the AI Day from the Leiden European City of Science programme, during the Leiden AI Week. It is organized together with Rijksmuseum Boerhaave. Everyone welcome! Please register here

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