Inga Ulnicāne: Can AI be governed?

On Tuesday, 9 November, at 6:00 PM (EET) science, technology and innovation policy scholar Dr. Inga Ulnicāne will give a public talk Can Artificial Intelligence be governed? Multiple challenges and some opportunities.

The event will take place on Zoom. Everyone is welcome but please register here. The talk will also be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Latvian Association of Anthropologists.


Event language: English (with Q&A in English and Latvian)


About the talk:

In recent years, major public controversies have emerged around Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is perceived as one of the most powerful technologies of the 21st century. While AI is associated with major economic and social benefits, it has also raised important concerns about its impact on democracy, welfare state, and human rights. These controversies assign an important role to governance as a way to increase social benefits and tackle concerns. However, governance, understood here as coordination of societal concerns involving state and social actors, in case of AI face major challenges such as high concentration of power in a small number of big tech companies and presentation of AI as a highly technical area beyond reach of many social actors. Against this background, in this talk I will ask a question: Can AI be governed? To answer this question, I will draw on my longer-term research programme on AI governance (Ulnicane et al 2021a; 2021b) to outline some of the key challenges as well as invite reflection on opportunities for AI governance.


About the speaker:

Dr. Inga Ulnicane has more than 15 years of international and interdisciplinary experience of research, teaching, and engagement in area of science, technology and innovation governance and policy. Her work has covered a broad range of topics including governance, policy and politics of Artificial Intelligence, dual use, international research collaboration, European integration in science and technology, and Grand societal challenges. Her research has appeared in journals such as Policy and Society, Science and Public Policy, and Journal of European Integration as well as in edited volumes published by Routledge, Springer, and Edward Elgar. She has undertaken commissioned studied for the European Parliament and European Commission. She has worked at University of Vienna, University of Twente, University of Latvia, and Latvian Academy of Sciences, and been visiting researcher at University of Manchester (UK) and Georgia Institute of Technology (US), Currently she is a Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University (UK).


The event is organised by the Latvian Association of Anthropologists in collaboration with the Association of Latvian Young Scientists.


Contact information:

Ieva Puzo

latvian.anthropology@gmail.com