Autumn School 2022 : Ethical and aesthetic challenges of Artificial Intelligence

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28 30 September 2022
Université de Strasbourg

The next ITI Lethica Autumn School will be held from 28 to 30 September 2022 and will focus on the ethical and aesthetic challenges of Artificial Intelligence. This topic was chosen for its contemporary relevance, but also for its interdisciplinarity and its proximity to the four central themes of Lethica:

Moral revolutions: will we accept the presence of artificial intelligences in our lives? What moral, legal and philosophical status will we give them if they do?
Triage: since artificial intelligence may be called upon to make choices, how can we anticipate these possible arbitrations? (as in the case of automatic cars, for example).
Transparency and secrecy: Can the management of our personal data be entrusted to an artificial intelligence? Should we be afraid of Big Data?
- Case Making: Can an artificial intelligence "make a case"? Can it be responsible for looking after the weakest (the elderly; children)? Can it itself become a "case", i.e. develop a form of singularity?

To discuss these questions, Lethica has chosen to invite specialists from various fields (literature, ethics, the arts, but also computer science and philosophy): some of the invited speakers are versatile researchers, situated at the crossroads of several disciplines; others are involved in research and creation (or research-creation) practices; still others are artists or writers with national and international recognition.

List of participants :

From the ethics side:

- Martin Gibert, researcher in the ethics of artificial intelligence and massive data, affiliated with the Centre for Research in Ethics and the Institute for Data Valorisation (University of Montreal). Author of Faire la morale aux robots, reviewed in the Lethica newsletter (La Lettre de Lethica - octobre 2021)
- Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, computer scientist and philosopher, president of Comets (CNRS Ethics Committee), member of EurAI (European Association for Artificial Intelligence) and of the MURSS (Universal Movement for Scientific Responsibility) board. Author of Le Mythe de la singularité : faut-il craindre l'intelligence artificielle ? (2017); Artificial Intelligence: towards programmed domination? (2017), Servitudes virtuelles (to be published in 2021).

On the side of specialists in literature and the arts:

- Hugues Bersini, professor of computer science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and novelist. Author of L'Intelligence artificielle peut-elle engendrer des artistes authentiques ? (2020) but also of : Le Tamagotchi de Mme Yen (2012) and Le Dernier Fado de l'androïde (2013).
- Marc Porée, professor of English literature at the École Normale Supérieure.
- Laurence Dahan Gaida, professor of comparative literature, director of the Centre de recherches Interdisciplinaires et Transculturelles at the Université de Franche-Comté.
- Anthony Masure, associate professor at the Institute for Research in Art and Design (IRAD) at HEAD Geneva, author of Design et humanités numériques (2017).
- Anthony Mangeon, professor of French literature at the University of Strasbourg, coordinator of LETHICA.
- Loïc Besnier, PhD student under the supervision of Catherine Allamel-Raffin (Archives Henri-Poincaré, Philosophy and Research on Science and Technology). [to be confirmed].

On the artists' and writers' side:

- Josselin Bordat, novelist, musician and journalist, author of the novel Le_zéro_et_le_un.txt (2019).
- Antoine Bello, novelist, author of Ada (Gallimard, 2016). [to be confirmed]
- Paolo Cirio, conceptual artist, specialist in "artistic hacking" and "ethical hacking". His work focuses on facial recognition systems and privacy violations on the Internet. Artist's website:
- Collectif Obvious, a collective of French artists and researchers who use AI as a creative tool. Website of the collective:
- Marion Balac (École Supérieure d'art de Clermont Métropole/École supérieure d'art et de design, Marseille Méditerranée), creator of the chatbot "Marion". Artist's website: [to be confirmed]

The Autumn School 2022 will find an extension in the Lethica University Diploma, of which one of the specific courses ("The Laboratory of Cases of Conscience") will be devoted to this same subject, examined from the perspective offered by the arts and letters.

Information : Ninon CHAVOZ chavoz[at]