IEEE Summit Focuses on Preparing for a Future With Artificial Intelligence

Image: iStockphoto When reflecting on the societal implications of technology, there is always a temptation to be overly optimistic or pessimistic. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the field of artificial intelligence. In scientific literature, fiction books, film, and television, most depictions of AI have presented either a utopian or dystopian future.The IEEE AI and Ethics Summit, to be held 15 November in Brussels, will take a more realistic look at the ethical implications of artificial intelligence. The speakers include not only technologists but also philosophers, social scientists, legal experts, and policymakers. Together, they will consider the social, legal, and philosophical questions associated with AI, such as whether certain applications should be tightly regulated (or even banned) and if it’s possible to program ethical algorithms into machines. But first, a…


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