2019 Symposium


Symposium on Humane Artificial Intelligence

The Challenges of Cultural and Ethical Diversity in Aligning Technology and Human Values

September 7-10, 2019
IMIN Conference Center
East-West Center, Honolulu, HI USA


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 futures 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.


How To Apply

Applications to join the symposium as substantive dialogue partners are closed as the submission deadline passed on May 20, 2019.

Please include a current bio, short, 5-page CV and short responses (maximum 400 words) to the questions:

  • What do you see as the challenges of conceptualizing and/or operationalizing Humane AI?
  • How do you see yourself contributing distinctively to meeting those challenges?

Applicant responses to these questions will be used to organize small group discussions.


Those accepted as symposium dialogue partners will receive:

  • lodging in the EWC guesthouse, Lincoln Hall
  • travel stipend for up to $800 USD
  • All participants are invited to an opening reception and final dinner on the EWC campus.

All dialogue partners are expected to attend and participate in all symposium sessions and produce a 3-4 page write-up on how to proceed with meeting the goals of the initiative/symposium.