Lecture:

HIDA Lecture: Hate Speech & AI

Thursday, 18.04.2024 · 11 am
online

Speaker: Bert Heinrichs, professor of ethics and applied ethics at the Institute for Science and Ethics (IWE) at the University of Bonn and leader of the research group “Neuroethics and Ethics of AI” at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Date: 18.04.2024, 11 am

Title: Ethical considerations on hate speech and AI

Abstract

In this talk, the speaker will present some ethical considerations for dealing with hate speech. The main focus will be on how AI can help prevent the spread of hate speech and what problems this may cause. Two sets of issues need to be distinguished: firstly, hate speech on social media platforms and secondly, hate speech generated by LLMs.

While in the one case thoughtless intervention can lead to censorship, in the other there is a risk that innovation will be impaired. It is therefore important to identify convincing ethical compromises and find ways to implement them technically.

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Bert Heinrichs

Bert Heinrichs is professor of ethics and applied ethics at the Institute for Science and Ethics (IWE) at the University of Bonn and leader of the research group “Neuroethics and Ethics of AI” at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine: Brain and Behaviour (INM-7) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

He studied philosophy, mathematics and education in Bonn and Grenoble. He received his MA in 2001, followed by a doctorate in 2007 and his habilitation in 2013.

Prior to his current position, he was Head of the Scientific Department of the German Reference Center for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE). He works on topics of neuroethics, ethics of AI, research ethics and medical ethics. He is also interested in questions of contemporary metaethics.

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