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Laurence Crowley Lecture Series with Professor Jack Stilgoe

  • Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Venue: On-campus, Blackrock
  • Location: UCD Smurfit School

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Each year UCD Smurfit School hosts the annual Laurence Crowley Lecture Series. Running since 2014, this year's lecture features Professor Jack Stilgoe who will speak about responsible innovation and the politics of artificial intelligence.  

The lecture will take place on-campus at UCD Smurfit School from 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Registration is from 6pm with refreshments.  The event will be followed by a wine and canapes reception. 

Lecture Title:  Responsible innovation and the politics of artificial intelligence

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Prof Jack Stilgoe

Abstract

Science and technology are increasingly powerful. That power would ideally be accompanied by responsibility, but we often realise the risks, inequities and missed opportunities of innovation only in hindsight. 2022 has seen a flurry of hype about artificial intelligence. This poses a profound challenge to new ideas and practices of responsible innovation. If the politics of technology is about who wins, who loses and who decides, are the politics of AI set in stone? What are the possibilities for democratising the development and governance of the technology and steering it in new directions?

Biography

Professor Jack Stilgoe is a professor in science and technology studies at University College London, where he researches the governance of emerging technologies. He is part of the UKRI Responsible AI leadership team (www.rai.ac.uk) (2023-2028). He was principal investigator of the ESRC Driverless Futures project (2019-2022). He worked with EPSRC and ESRC to develop a framework for responsible innovation that is now being used by the Research Councils. Among other publications, he is the author of ‘Who’s Driving Innovation?’ (2020, Palgrave) and ‘Experiment Earth: Responsible innovation in geoengineering’ (2015, Routledge). He previously worked in science and technology policy at the Royal Society and the think tank Demos. He is a trustee of the Royal Institution. 

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