2020 Symposium



The Challenges of Privacy and Social Cohesion
September 24-27, 2020
East-West Center, Honolulu, HI USA

Note: It is anticipated that current uncertainties about international travel and visa issuance associated with the COVID-19 outbreak will be resolved by September, and that the program will be hosted as planned. If international travel restrictions and health considerations persist, the program will be postponed. In view of the need to secure tickets and visas well in advance of the program, accepted dialogue partners will be notified by June 30 if postponement is necessary.

This symposium is part of an intercultural, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary East-West Center (EWC) initiative aimed at engaging the societal challenges and opportunities that are emerging with advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and big data. The purposes of the initiative are: to establish an ongoing forum for exploring differences in understanding the goal of aligning artificial intelligence with human values and societal wellbeing; to foster globally-shared commitments to equitable and humane artificial intelligence; and, to engage emerging perspectives on the evolving interplay of people, artificial intelligence, and related technologies.

The symposium will combine plenary lectures, thematically-framed small group discussions, and cooperative brainstorming in a spirit of thoughtful conviviality. In response to the complexity of the issues raised by artificial intelligence—socially, economically and politically, as well as ethically—and in keeping with EWC commitments to the value of diversity, applications to participate in the symposium are welcomed from within academic, scientific, business, policy-making, activist and artistic/expressive communities.

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