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15: Artificial intelligence and Ethics

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The development of artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing fast and is set to have a determining influence on our society sooner rather than later. Algorithms that make decisions for us or instead of us; machines whose abilities exceed ours – these are just two of the many phenomena that are becoming feasible because of AI. Our society is confronted with a plethora of ethical and legal questions which we must face before the discussion is rendered moot by technological progress.

On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the seminar will elucidate whether or not human rights represent a potential hermeneutical key to digital transformation and the application of artificial intelligence.


Professor of Theological Ethics; Head, Institute of Social Ethics, University of Lucerne Chair

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening speechPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Imminent climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to the humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship - Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar
Seminar 23: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 24: European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer SchoolSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: A guest lecture on investigative journalismPlenary


19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial