Wednesday, December 7

Barcelona reflects on the challenges of technology

  • More than 30 experts and authorities will participate in a debate congress that will analyze the social impact of algorithms

  • El Periódico and MWCapital organize the Activostech debate on the risks and opportunities of artificial intelligence systems

Are human rights being a collateral damage of the digitization? How can we prevent algorithms amplify racist, gender or class biases? Are you serving the Artificial intelligence to monitor and punish the poorest? Are we sold to a system that feeds on stealing our Privacy?

The technological developments of the last two decades have transformed our societies and economies, but they have also opened the door to an enormous amount of risks for citizens. Aware of them, Barcelona will bring together more than 30 leading analysts and thinkers next Monday to reflect on how to respond to these challenges.

The day ‘Humanism in the digital age: the urban contribution‘will be held on November 15 at the Hospital de la Santa Creu y Sant Pau in the Catalan capital and will feature a total of 14 lectures and talks that will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is organized by the city ​​Hall of Barcelona and by Digital Future Society, the laboratory of ideas on the challenges of digitization promoted by the government of Spain and Mobile World Capital Barcelona. It will be a hybrid event that can be attended in person or followed through ‘streaming’.

At 12 noon, the debate ‘Activostech: Algorithms and Democracy’ will take place, organized by The newspaper and MWCapital in collaboration with Cellnex, where it will address how to integrate artificial intelligence technologies to promote equality and transparency. The talk will feature the participation of Gemma Galdon, executive director and founder of ETICAS; Nerea Luis, co-founder of T3chFest; Rachel Jorge Ricart, analyst researcher in the field of technology, digital policies and governance at the Elcano Royal Institute, and Andrea G. Rodríguez, researcher at CIDOB.

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The event will feature top-level thinkers such as Carissa Véliz, Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, University of Oxford; Renata Avila, executive director of the Open Knowledge Foundation; or data scientists Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Núria Oliver, among many others.

Public representatives such as Carme artigas, Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence of the Government of Spain; Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona for the 2030 Agenda, the Digital Transition and International Relations; the executive director of Mobile World Capital Barcelona Carlos Grau; as well as the CIOs of New York, John Paul Farmer, or Barcelona, Michael Donaldson.

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