The event aimed to bring together leading female thinkers, scientists, academics, businesswomen and politicians to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence and the role of women in shaping this future, while also addressing the challenges and enhancing the opportunities that AI and robotic technology brings.
Speaking along leading figures, such as Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Privacy and Data Protection, Gemserv, Dr Paula Boddington, Senior Researcher, Department of Computer Science, Oxford University, Imogen Parker, Head of Justice, Citizens and Digital Society Programmes at The Nuffield Foundation, and Seyi Akiwowo, Founder of Glitch!UK, Dr Voiculescu brought to the debate her extensive experience in interdisciplinary research on issues of human rights, business and ethics, and in particular her perspective on the opportunities and the points of tension at the intersection of human rights and AI technology.
Dr Voiculescu’s intervention – complemented by an engaging follow-up discussion with the audience - highlighted the need of interrogating and problematizing our relationship with science and technology, by intensifying our reflection on a normative framework essential for living with AI and robots. “In the context in which contemporary society continues to struggle with an important number of socio-economic disparities – argued Dr Voiculescu - gender being an important aspect though not the only one, a particular attention should be given to avoiding replicating these disparities through a technological revolution that escapes our critical engagement and capacity of influence.”
Raising complex issues of agency and responsibility, privacy and security, the role of polity, civil society and more specifically, the role of women in contributing to the reflection on social values in a society where AI and robots will be pervasive, Dr Voiculescu highlighted the need for and the importance of a multi-faceted normative approach to these issues. “This approach should bring together AI scientists and social and humanities scientists, complementing coding AI with codes of AI ethics, governance and regulation.”