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Date and Location

February 8, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET


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Event Description: This webinar will delve into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence for reshaping governance and strengthening democratic processes. AI's capabilities in data analysis, predictive modeling, and efficient problem-solving present unprecedented opportunities for public administration but also for creating more participatory democracy. We will explore how AI can enhance policy-making, optimize public services, and foster greater civic engagement, thereby contributing to more responsive, transparent and engaged governance and explore how the relentless focus on "AI doomerism" may be hampering efforts to advance use of AI for social good. To be clear, the integration of AI into the fabric of our democratic institutions is not without its risks. We will also critically examine the ethical implications, privacy concerns, and the potential for biases inherent in AI systems, especially the uncritical adoption of AI systems without human oversight, accountability and subject to democratic engagement. We will weigh these challenges against the benefits, contemplating the safeguards and policy frameworks necessary to ensure AI's responsible use to deepen democracy and discuss how we can adopt a balanced approach to the end of using artificial intelligence to foster greater collective intelligence, deeper democracy and improved governance.

This webinar is part of the Carr Center's Towards Life 3.0 series. Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.

Virtual Event Details: Attendees registered for this event will receive a link for the webinar where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

Preregistration for this event is required.

Speakers and Presenters

Beth Noveck - Director, Burnes Center for Social Change; Professor at Northeastern University
Mathias Risse (Moderator) - Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Sarah Hubbard (Co-Moderator) - Senior Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation