Open lecture: The future of AI – Ethical and political challenges

  • Date: –17:30
  • Location: The Humanities Theatre (Humanistiska teatern) Thunbergsvägen 3, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Mark Coeckelbergh, professor of philosophy, University of Vienna
  • Organiser: Department of Informatics and Media & Department of Business Studies
  • Contact person: Magnus Strand
  • Föreläsning

From text generators to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is shaping our societies. What are the ethical and political challenges faced by the use and development of these technologies? Who is responsible when something goes wrong? Will many of us lose our jobs? And is AI bad for democracy? Can AI save the planet?

In this talk, Mark Coeckelbergh draws on his recent work on the ethics and politics of AI to give us an overview and a vision about the future of AI and digital technologies, that is, of our common future. 

The lecture is expected to finish at 17:30 with an opportunity to stay for a chat and refreshments.

Please register for participation by email to, no later than 27 April 2023.

For the period 2023 – 2028, Uppsala University has the great privilege of welcoming Mark Coeckelbergh as WASP-HS (The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society) guest professor. In this capacity, professor Coeckelbergh will lead the research project AI Design Futures. The project is a joint venture between the Department of Business Studies and the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University.This open lecture kicks off the project. 

Mark Coeckelbergh is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Philosophy Department of the University of Vienna. Previously he was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Education, President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and Managing Director of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology. Mark is also member of various entities that support policy building in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence, including the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on AI. He is the author of 17 philosophy books and numerous articles.