4EU+ online seminars on "Artificial Intelligence Techniques, Applications, and Social Issues"

Digital ethics for the governance of Artificial Intelligence

15 April 2021
16:00 – 17:30 CET

Link to online seminars: Zoom


Artificial intelligence (AI) is not just a new technology that requires regulation. It is a powerful force that is reshaping daily practices, personal and professional interactions, and environments. For the well-being of humanity, it is crucial that this power is used as a force of good. Ethics plays a key role in this process by ensuring that regulations of AI harness its potential while mitigating its risks. In this talk, I will discuss the risks and opportunities that AI brings about and focus on how digital ethics - the branch of ethics that studies and evaluates moral problems related to data, algorithms, and corresponding practices and infrastructures - can contribute to shape the governance of AI to mitigate the risks and harness its potential for good. I will argue that to achieve this goal, digital ethics has to work as translational ethics and shape design and governance approaches to AI.

Short bio

Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo is Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where she is the Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, and is Faculty Fellow and Defence Science and Technology Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Her recent work focuses mainly on the ethical analysis of Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, cyber conflicts, and ethics of digital innovation. Her area of expertise is Philosophy and Ethics of Information, although she has worked on issues concerning Epistemology, Logic, and Philosophy of AI. She has received multiple award for her work, among which the 2010 Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy; the 2016 World Technology Award for Ethics. In 2018, InspiringFifty named her among the most inspiring 50 Italian women working in technology. In the same year, ORBIT listed her among the top 100 women working on Ethics of AI in the world. She has been named one of the twelve 2020 "Outstanding Rising Talents" by the Womens' Forum for Economy and Society.

Since 2016, Taddeo serves as editor-in-chief of Minds & Machines (SpringerNature) and of Philosophical Studies Series (SpringerNature). She is also a member of the Exploratory Team on Operational Ethics, established under the auspices of the Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization. Her research has been published in major journals like Nature, Nature Machine Intelligence, Science, and Science Robotics.