Ethics in IT Lectures – TAMING THE MACHINES – University Hamburg

The research group Ethics in Information Technology at the Department of Informatics at University of Hamburg is offering a high quality public lecture series: TAMING THE MACHINES. The lectures are organized by Prof. Dr. Judith Simon and Dr. Pak-Hang Wong. ARIC is very proud that the University of Hamburg organized such a high quality lecture.

The Governance and Regulatory Challenges

Witnessing the harm done by online disinformation campaigns, algorithmic discrimination, and digital surveillance, there are increasing calls for regulation of artificial intelligence and other related digital technologies. Indeed, a recent article in Nature Machine Intelligence reported that there are over 70 sets of principles and guidelines on AI Ethics issued by companies, academic institutions and public organizations around the world in the last five years, which demonstrate the urgency of proper regulation of AI and digital technologies.

The governance and regulation of AI and digital technologies, however, cannot be limited to principles and guidelines on AI Ethics. To achieve good AI governance and regulation, there is a variety of challenges: One challenge is how to put principles into practice, and how to coordinate and mediate conflicting principles in concrete contexts. Another challenge is the danger of ‚ethics washing‘, where the implementation of governance and regulatory frameworks is delayed by ‚ethical debates‘ or replaced by the instalment of Ethics Review Boards without clear mandate and supervisory power. There are also questions about power and legitimacy—who get to decide and on what basis the decision is justified.

These are some of the questions any satisfactory account of AI governance and regulation must address. The public lecture series invites internationally renowned scholars to explore major questions about the governance and regulation of artificial intelligence and digital technologies.

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The public lecture series started with Holger Lyre’s talk “Does AlphaGo Actually Play Go? Concerning the State Space of AI” on November 5th, 2020. Don´t miss out the great internationally renowned scholars.

Programme Winter 2020/21 [pdf]

05.11.2020 [more] [poster]
Does AlphaGo Actually Play Go? Concerning the State Space of AI
Prof. Dr. Holger Lyre (Universität Magdeburg)

What Is Good? Social Impacts of AI and Digital Governance
Prof. Dr. Joanna J. Bryson (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)

The Robotic Disruption of Morality: Revolution or Evolution?
Prof. Dr. John Danaher (National University of Ireland Galway)

21.01.2021 [more] [poster]
Twitter is a Bad Game
Prof. Dr. C. Thi Nguyen (University of Utah, USA)

Myths and Misunderstandings About Responsibility for the Unintended Impact of Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Karen Yeung (University of Birmingham, UK)

11.02.2021 [more] [poster]
The Global Digital Economy Made Concrete: Unpacking the Smart City
Prof. Dr. Blayne Haggart (Brock University, Canada)
Prof. Dr. Natasha Tusikov (York University, Canada)

Time and Place

Thursday 18:15-19:45
delivered in digital form
Details to access the lectures will be made public here on a timely basis.


Here you can browse our previous programmes and stream previous talks on Universität Hamburg’s video platform Lecture2Go.

To attend the lecture, please register on University Hamburg programme page.