Workshop: Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) Artificial Intelligence, Public Perspectives, European Parliament [14/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
The world is experiencing a new technological revolution. Artificial intelligence (AI) represents a challenge at all levels of society and strikes with speed. AI is a regular topic discussed in the circles of politicians, scientists, businessmen. In many areas, AI contributes to an increase of citizens’ empowerment. However, AI uptake strongly depends on people’s acceptance. But how do citizens perceive AI? Are mentalities evolving in line with the technological revolution in motion? What stories are told about AI? According to the historian Yuval Noah Harari, storytelling is the essence of human survival and prosperity. It is because of the tales we told, that we came to believe in nations, justice, money, books and laws. It seems that the AI narrative largely depends on stories and images offered by culture and arts.
The conference proposes to reflect on the importance of culture and artistic expression shaping the public perception on AI. Understanding what impacts people’s relation, emotions to AI is important for policy makers in order to respond to public concerns and expectations. The artistic short film ‘The Best Option’, produced by STOA for this purpose, will be presented to the public for the first time and serves as an introduction to the debate. Experts from different disciplines together with policy makers and artists will discuss how to promote a lively public debate involving civil society, cultural organisations, academic networks, social media communities and other stakeholders.