The AI@ORU seminar series

The AI@ORU seminar series.

At Örebro University, we truly believe that AI and autonomous systems will help solve some of our biggest societal challenges as well as make life better for billions of people around the world. That’s why we love what we do. Our aim with the seminar series AI@ORU is to raise awareness of the breadth of perspectives on AI found at Örebro University, and to facilitate and inspire new collaborations.

AI@ORU 24 November – AI and Sociology

AI is always developed within a social setting and however it is deployed, AI always has social effects — sometimes positive, sometimes not. But what does it mean to think about AI sociologically? How do sociologists understand the risks and rewards presented by AI, and how is this different from more technically-oriented perspectives? Why should developers and engineers care about social research, and what can sociology contribute to the development of AI?

In this seminar, we introduce social scientific research on intelligent and autonomous sociotechnical systems, and make a proposal for how to improve engagement between social and technical approaches to their study. Our goal is not only to rethink and reframe these technologies and what they mean for society, but also to humbly suggest some new ways forward. With Rolf Lidskog, professor of sociology, and James White, postdoctoral researcher in sociology. Read more: article on (in Swedish) and research article.

Seminare programme:

  • 12.00 Programme introduction: Amy Loutfi.
  • 12:05 Rolf Lidskog and James White: AI and sociology.
  • 12:35 Participant discussion and questions.
  • 13:00 End of seminar.

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