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The European Union’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Potential insights from social constructivism. Online Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

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  • Wed 28 Oct 2020 16.30 - 17.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-10-28 16:30 2020-10-28 17:30 Europe/Paris The European Union’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Potential insights from social constructivism. Online Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

The project develops an interdisciplinary approach to study the EU’s efforts to create a trans-European, innovation-friendly environment through science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies that provide a model for responsible socio-technical development strategies in the age of AI. EU STI policies have been primarily explored from a variety of theoretical approaches including liberal intergovernmentalism, supranationalism, multi-level governance or network-based models. However, social constructivism’s contribution to the exploration of STI-related policy issues remain small so far. The project argues for an interdisciplinary approach which combines political-economic concepts with insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS) regarding the socio-cultural and institutional factors that influence European STI policies. Specifically, Europe’s higher sensitivity to the ethical and legal dimensions of AI combined with the EU’s rising global regulatory status regarding social media, internet and telecommunications firms is indicative of a more pre-cautionary and human-centered approach to AI. Therefore, the fundamental differences to other big players in the AI field like the US or China ultimately are the result of normative, cultural, and institutional differences.

Speaker: Stefan Fritsch, Jean Monnet Fellow, Schuman Centre

Chair: David Levine

The seminar will be held on Zoom. Please register to receive the link.

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The project develops an interdisciplinary approach to study the EU’s efforts to create a trans-European, innovation-friendly environment through science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies that provide a model for responsible socio-technical development strategies in the age of AI. EU STI policies have been primarily explored from a variety of theoretical approaches including liberal intergovernmentalism, supranationalism, multi-level governance or network-based models. However, social constructivism’s contribution to the exploration of STI-related policy issues remain small so far. The project argues for an interdisciplinary approach which combines political-economic concepts with insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS) regarding the socio-cultural and institutional factors that influence European STI policies. Specifically, Europe’s higher sensitivity to the ethical and legal dimensions of AI combined with the EU’s rising global regulatory status regarding social media, internet and telecommunications firms is indicative of a more pre-cautionary and human-centered approach to AI. Therefore, the fundamental differences to other big players in the AI field like the US or China ultimately are the result of normative, cultural, and institutional differences.

Speaker: Stefan Fritsch, Jean Monnet Fellow, Schuman Centre

Chair: David Levine

The seminar will be held on Zoom. Please register to receive the link.


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Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

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Speaker:
Stefan Fritsch (Jean Monnet Fellow)

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