November 8th, 2017
Artificial intelligence (AI) and inclusion mean different things to different people. In order to foster productive discussions throughout the symposium and set the stage for future collaboration and action, the objective of the first day is to encourage participants to develop a shared understanding of the complex concepts of AI and inclusion across disciplinary, geographic, cultural and other relevant contexts. By the end of the day, the participants should arrive – in an inclusive and innovative manner – upon a deeper understanding of relevant terminologies, concepts, and core issues at the intersection of AI and inclusion that can inform future work and action.
|12.00 – 13.00||Check-in and Registration|
|13.00 – 13.15||Welcome and Opening Remarks|
|13.15 – 13.45||Interactive Opening Session: Exploring Connection Points, Definitions, Challenges, And Opportunities for AI and Inclusion
Utilizing pre-meeting survey inputs from participants, the symposium will begin with an interactive exercise to establish a shared knowledge infrastructure both in terms of possible connection points among the participants as well as core themes and issues related to AI and inclusion for further exploration during the event. The session will be informed by insights from other initiatives that take place around the globe.
|13.45 – 15.30||Coming to Common Understandings of AI & Inclusion
The first keynote will provide an overview of the history, current state of play, and future trajectory of Artificial Intelligence and introduce core issues, challenges, and opportunities related to the design and application of AI systems with an eye towards the building of a more inclusive society from a technical perspective. Respondents will share different perspectives, thoughts, and experiences in reaction to the presentation.
|15.30 – 16.00||Break|
|16.00 – 17.15||Deep Dive: Advancing Equality in the Global South
Building upon the keynote speeches and opening conversations, the symposium’s first deep dive zooms in on two central questions that emerge from the interplay between AI as a technical phenomenon and the question of inclusion: (1) To what extent do AI-based technologies have the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities or create new ones, and how can AI technologies be designed, shaped, and used to advance equality at the country, population, and individual levels? (2) Specifically, how can the transformative potential of AI for the social good be used the advance equality in the Global South? Drawing upon the initial input collection, as well as the technological, business, academic and societal perspectives present at the symposium, participants are encouraged to discuss opportunities and challenges from global and cross-cultural perspectives.
|17.15 – 17.45||Cluster Meeting #1|
|17.45 – 19.00||Poster Session / Exhibitions / Cocktail Reception|
Identifying Opportunities, Challenges, and Examining Possible Approaches and Solutions
The second day of the symposium builds upon the conceptual foundation laid during the first day’s conversations and develops the agenda further in two specific directions. First, a set of plenary and breakout sessions will analyze some of the challenges and opportunities more closely when it comes to the design and use of AI for the social good with the objective of a more inclusive digital society in mind and heart. These issues will be examined from complementary perspectives by looking both at cross-cutting themes (such as data, algorithms, business models, etc.) as well as concrete areas of application of AI-based technologies (such as workplace, health, education, etc.), where inclusion challenges and opportunities emerge. Second, the day marks the transition from problem description and analysis towards exploring possible approaches, solutions, and trajectories how AI-powered technology might be embraced to build a more inclusive social ecosystem.
|09.00 – 09.30||Welcome Back and Introduction to Day 2: Bridging AI & Inclusion
Participants consolidate and synthesize Day 1 progress; the session is intended to prepare specific topics and subtopics for Day 2 discussions.
|09.30 – 10.30||Deep Dive: Data and Economic Inclusion
When considering the role of AI and how it shapes our individual lives and the future of society at large from an inclusion perspective, the importance of data becomes visible very quickly. This session will unpack the different roles data plays in this context and examines a rich set of analytically distinct, but interrelated questions. The plenary session will cover issues such as the creation of more inclusive training (“input”) data for AI systems and associated privacy, security, and other governance challenges, and address meta-questions such as how (“output”) data can be used to assess and evaluate the performance of AI-based systems from an inclusion angle (e.g., in terms of their impact on economic development, overall welfare, well-being, etc.).
|10.30 – 11.00||Break|
|11.00 – 12.15||Breakouts: Drivers and Forces at Play
Parallel Breakout Sessions: Round 1
Gradually broadening the perspective from a focus on “data” to additional key drivers and forces that shape the interplay between the concepts of AI and inclusion, a series of parallel breakout sessions will examine key cross-cutting areas and themes where AI is expected to pose risks from an inclusion perspective, or where it has the potential to close existing gaps. Each breakout group is asked to explore the drivers and levelers of AI and Inclusion along one of the following dimensions:
|12.15 – 13.00||Report Back
The breakout group moderators will share the 2-3 key findings from their sessions with the plenary and contributed, collectively, towards a “heat map” that identifies key challenges and opportunities in each of the subject areas above. The “heat map” will inform the conversation in the second round of breakouts in the afternoon, which will focus on specific application and impact areas.
|13.00 – 14.00||Lunch|
|14.00 – 15.15||Breakouts: Application and Impact Areas
Parallel Breakout Sessions: Round 2
Informed by the conversations about cross-sectional challenges and opportunities when it comes to the design and application of AI systems and their roles in building a more inclusive society, the afternoon breakouts change perspective and focus on specific areas of application and impact. Participants will gather in small groups to discuss AI and Inclusion issues in the following contexts:
|15.15 – 16.00||Cluster Meeting #2|
|16.00 – 16.30||Break|
|16.30 – 17.45||Possible Approaches and Solutions: Ideas, Case Studies, and Prototypes
Flash Updates, Project Presentations, and Small Group Discussions
Case study presenters will share concrete examples of how AI systems and related technologies can be used for the social good and to the benefit of all members of society. Inspired by these examples, and informed by the discussions during the preceding sessions, participants are invited to pitch, develop, or present their own ideas, case studies, and – where available – prototypes of tools that have the potential to contribute to the building of a fairer and more inclusive society.
|17.45 – 18.00||Short Break|
|18.00 – 20.00||Public Event (Optional): Life of Tomorrow
Keynote and Panel Discussion
Keynote Speaker and/or another format (artist who offers alternative way to visualize / understand futuristic nature of these two interlinking topics — help participants consider interesting or alternative ways to approach next day’s plans. 2-3 Discussants will report back from the Event and will engage in a panel conversation with the keynote speaker.
Action – Areas for Research, Education, and Interface Building
The concluding day of the symposium seeks to translate the insights and learnings from the previous days – leveraging the newly formed connections among the participants – into “action”, which can take different forms and shapes such as a roadmap for future research on AI and Inclusion, educational initiatives and interventions, awareness building, tool or interface building, transnational collaboration, and much more. The action items will also build upon ideas that have emerged in small group conversations (“cluster meetings”) throughout the symposium and will be documented and shared in various media formats for post-symposium follow-ups and collaborations.
|09.00 – 10.00||Food For Thought Breakfasts|
|10.00 – 11.15||Intervention Points and Opportunities for Collaboration
In this opening, plenary session of the last day, participants are invited to identify existing and future intervention points, convenings, initiatives and other relevant opportunities for collaboration across disciplines, sectors, geographies, etc. as we seek to work together to build a more inclusive digitally connected and AI-empowered society.
|11.15 – 12.30||Cluster Meeting #3|
|12.30 – 13.00||Report Back from Cluster Meetings|
|13.00 – 13.15||Final Remarks / Farewell|
|13.15 – 14.00||Lunch|
|14.00 – 17.00||NoC Closed Meeting
This afternoon session, which is for NoC participants only, will provide an opportunity to discuss the overall strategy and roadmap of the network to reflect on the event, and agree on the role of the NoC in the AI governance and ethics debate going forward.