Surviving the Academia

December 30, 2022
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Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

Nowadays, AI technologies are part of our everyday life with many different functionalities that cover individuals’ activities such as shopping online, to industrial activities or even public administration and services. In that sense Artificial Intelligence today is making decisions that directly impact our lives and many times we are not even aware of that.

Therefore, addressing the question of how to create AIs that are secure, fair, and ethically sustainable has become critical. Today we want to explore what Academia has to say about ethics in AI. We are talking today about ethics in AI. For that, we have the pleasure to introduce two expert voices on the topic. They both work on the ethics advisory Board of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI).

The Chair, Jaana Leikas and the Secretary, Patrick Floréen. They also hold a long-standing careers in the Academia: Dr Leikas is Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in Cognitive Science at Jyväskylä University and She is responsible for leading research and customer projects in technology ethics, responsible innovation and foresight.

Dr. Floréen has been the scientist in charge of several research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, Tekes, industry and the EU. He also has a permanent position as Senior University Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki and is Docent in the same department.

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI): FCAI

About Surviving the Academia

The program’s objective is to perform a brief analysis of the current situation of the Finnish universities, and the perspectives for the future considering organizational, sociological and pedagogical aspects. During the episodes we will explore different topics related with the university life that influence those who aim to build their academic career. These topics are approached from three main perspective: 1) The lack of resources that scientific research has nowadays due to the economical crisis and the COVID-19. 2) The difficulties to build up an academic career for researchers within universities and 3) The new and trendy University models which try to build bridges between the academia and the private sector and its impact on the structural and pedogeological impact on the institutions. We will explore these topics together with others relevant debates by interviewing both workers and students in a friendly atmosphere that enables them to share opinions and ideas that promote a healthy debate.


Producer & Host: Jose Cañas-Bajo
Guests: Jaana Leikas, Patrick Floréen
Sound recording, editing & live streaming: Bailey Polkinghorne

* The audio piece was recorded at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

** The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.  

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