HumaniTies and Artificial Intelligence

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HumaniTies and Artificial Intelligence is a digital book of the European Commission on the relationship between Artificial Intelligence and society from different perspectives. The eBook, edited by Freddy Paul Grunert, with Massimo Craglia, Emilia Gómez Gutierrez and Jutta Thielen-del Pozo, presents 45 texts by authors from different humanistic and scientific backgrounds. Texts’ reviewers are Josephine Bosma, Pier Luigi Capucci, Derrick de Kerckhove and Warren Neidich. It is published by Noema media & publishing.


The transversal character of artificial intelligence and the related social, economic, ethical, legal and cultural impacts call for interdisciplinary discussions that go beyond the purely technological angle. This is the focus of the present book, to present the result of interdisciplinary discussions on artificial intelligence and humanity carried out at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. The manuscript presents a collection of thoughts on the topic from different angles and disciplines: from emotions to creativity, from feminism to the environment. Many of the topics discussed in this book are central to the European policy frameworks addressing both the development and use of AI and the production, sharing, and use of data that is underpinning many AI developments. The book reflects the joint reflection of artists, historians, sociologists, scientists and computer scientists to rediscover what Ties us Humans together (hence the title) over what divides us. We believe the contributions included in this book are an important first step in this collective endeavour.


[…] The JRC’s Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) spearheaded research on the impact of machine intelligence on human behaviour and investigated the benefits of the digital transformation for the governance of human societies. This complemented already ongoing research in the fields of social and economic impact of digital transformation, cybersecurity, data or digital government. However, it was with the launch of the JRC’s Science and Art Resonances exhibition cycle datami on the topic of “Big data, Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence”, that a wider discussion on AI and humanity started. It inspired the production of this book which presents a wide range collection of thoughts on the topic from different angles and disciplines. The European Commission is shaping its digital agenda, with policy initiatives around digital services, Artificial Intelligence and Data. However, as the pace of the technological evolutions is so fast, research results are more important than ever to ensure risks are managed and opportunities are seized. Hence, what started in exploratory and experimental mode has now found its way to support current and upcoming policies. This is a great example of the role of the JRC as anticipator and integrator of upcoming trends that will become EU policies – and taking into account reflections from the wider public and society are essential for scientists and policy makers alike to make sense of the information and research results. […]
[Jutta Thielen-del Pozo, Carlos Torrecilla Salinas, “Preface”, p. 11]


Language: English
© 2022 European Union
Edition eBook
ISBN: 978-88-943827-2-3

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HumaniTies and Artificial Intelligence


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