MUHAI | Meaning and Understanding in Human-Centric AI
The MUHAI project (2020-2024) explores a radically new approach to Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and the investigation of meaning and understanding. Muhai will significantly advance our ability to capture more of the rich and complex understanding that humans are capable of. VIU's Program on Sustainability - TEN, is a partner of the project and hosted the kick-off meeting on October-5-9, 2020. The project partners shared their background knowledge on the core subjects, including the notions of meaning, understanding, and the creation of narratives within the framework of Human-Centric AI.
Luc Steels, Scientific Coordinator of the MUHAI project, reviews 70 years of the fascinating history of AI, beginning with Alan Turing and Norbert Wiener who imagined machines that exhibited some form of intelligence, through to the sixties when significant technical advances in computation were made, and then jumping into the 21st century when numerical/behaviorist AI and the symbolic/cognitivist AI traditions reached maturity. Around 2010, a remarkable surge in the availability of data due to the deepening penetration of information technology in human activities and a considerable jump in the power of computers led to a sudden expansion in the use of AI.
This AI-powered tool can research and present information from thousands of diverse sources, including peer-reviewed papers, views expressed by science experts and journalists, and stories published in newspapers, supporting writing practices associated with good science journalism. This is an output of the QUEST project, coordinated by VIU's Program on Sustainability - TEN.
Signals from the Future: Emerging Technologies in Science Journalism
Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs) can prove challenging for journalists in that their potential future impact may be massive, but their precise workings and the pathways to innovation are not very clear. This event aims to shed light on this issue for science communication. Experienced science communicators will investigate potential ways and test new tools for going beyond traditional storytelling with leading technology experts identified in high-risk, high-gain research projects.
ICARUS | Open Data to Improve Mobility Planning | Training Webinar
Which open data are available and how can these be used to improve mobility planning and support the decision-making process? At the 4th ICARUS webinar on November 11, 2020, participants will get an overview of the current opportunities offered by open data as a useful tool for transport planning and relating decision-making processes.
SPROUT has published the analysis of the pilot cities' specific scenarios. The Horizon 2020 project aims to provide a new city-led innovative and data-driven policy response to address the impacts of emerging mobility patterns, digitally-enabled operating and business models, and transport users’ needs.
Republics and Republicanism Conference June 2021: Call for Papers
The 2nd edition of the multidisciplinary conference will take place June 11-13, 2021. During recent decades, Republicanism has become a central concern in political theory and history. This body of thought emerged as the main alternative to Liberalism when Marxism lost this role after the fall of the Berlin Wall. There is a renewed interest today while searching for solutions to mounting populism and personalization of power; the issue of inequality and the crisis of democracies. The conference intends to promote further theoretical and historical reflections on such experience, broadening the focus to non-European case-studies and perspectives, and late modern and contemporary times, open to all disciplines.
University of Exeter - The Role of Humanities in Today's Global Crises
A new lecture series will examine the role of humanities experts in tackling global crises, including health, the climate emergency, and racial injustice. The online events, free and open to the public, will also showcase discussions on how humanities research can help universities better conduct their global activities and be agents of positive change. Read more