Ethics X AI
13.04.2021 · 14:00
13.04.2021 · 15:10

Finland and Germany are among Europe’s leading countries in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). While Germany has been conducting research in this field since the 1980s and is home to the world’s largest AI research centre, Finland sees artificial intelligence as a national competitive advantage and wants to become leading in the applied AI, the online course ‘Elements of AI’ having attracted worldwide attention.

The event time is given here in Central European Time (14.00 CET). Local time in Finland is 15.00 EET.


Ethical questions with regard to artificial intelligence are central to the discussion of the future of AI in Europe: be it the protection of personal data and privacy, the question of bias and its consequences, or where business ideas might cross ethical barriers.

However, the discussion on ethics and moral implications in AI is still mainly conducted in silos: creators and companies, philosophers and ethical organisations, scientists and regulators mostly discuss among themselves.

This event will bring the discourses of/in Finland and Germany – including in the framework of the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as the realms of business, science and faith together.

German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce (AHK Finland), the German Congregation in Finland and the Goethe-Institut Finnland organized an expert seminar on the topic in Helsinki in autumn 2019. This webinar will now continue this discussion online and prepare a follow-up conference in the beginning of 2022. The webinar is supported by the German Embassy in Finland.

The program consists of several brief presentations open to the public covering the currents state of ethics in AI from business, science, faith and regulatory perspectives. The key question the speakers are asked to answer is “Ethics of AI - what keeps you awake at night?”

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Aku Visala, Docent & Academy Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki
  • Andreas Hartl, Head of Division, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Leo Heng, Chief Strategist, Reaktor Defense & Security
  • Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Founder, Ethical Tech Society, Germany
  • Max Haarich, Republik Užupis, Germany
  • Wolfram von Heynitz, German Federal Foreign Office, former member of CAHAI