Cloudebate™

Beyond The Hype: UJ Cloudebate™ Examines the Moral Landscape of AI

Wednesday, 25 October 2023
Live at 18h00

In an age when technology is reshaping our world at an unprecedented pace, one topic stands out among the rest for its implications and complexities: Artificial Intelligence (AI). The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is at the forefront of exploring this frontier, bringing together experts, thought leaders and curious minds to dive deep into the ethical and regulatory dimensions of AI through our engaging new UJ Cloudebate™ episode on 25 October 2023.

Understanding the Cloudebate™: A Platform for Discussion
The new UJ Cloudebate™ discussion format provides more than just a forum for discourse; it’s an intellectual journey that seeks to navigate the intricate landscape of AI. As we witness AI’s influence growing across industries and societies, it’s imperative to go beyond the surface and explore the profound ethical questions that arise. From autonomous weapons to algorithmic bias, the new Cloudebate™ will strive to uncover the moral, ethical and regulatory complexities and contradictions that AI presents.

UJ’s Distinct Approach: Fostering Inclusive Dialogue
What sets UJ’s Cloudebate™ apart is its commitment to fostering an inclusive dialogue that goes beyond a single perspective. The series doesn’t merely showcase one viewpoint; instead, it invites experts and stakeholders with diverse insights to contribute. This approach reflects UJ’s dedication to providing a comprehensive understanding of the topics at hand. For the new episode, for instance, acknowledging that the ethical challenges posed by AI require multifaceted considerations.

The Current Focus: Ethics and Regulations in the AI Era
The next UJ Cloudebate™ zeroes in on the intriguing and pressing theme of “Ethics and Regulations in the AI Era.” As AI technology continues to evolve, so do the challenges surrounding its ethical use and regulatory frameworks. The episode will delve into questions that resonate across sectors: How can we harness AI’s potential while mitigating its risks? What role does transparency play in ensuring accountability? How do we protect human rights while embracing innovation?

The Thought-Provoking Context: The UJ Vice-Chancellor’s Insights
To set the stage for the Cloudebate™, UJ’s Vice-Chancellor has articulated the need for a regulatory path as we navigate the AI era. He highlights AI’s dual nature – a force for progress and innovation, yet also a tool that can perpetuate harm through biases and misuse. Drawing global comparisons, he points out the urgency of finding the right regulatory trajectory, especially as other regions actively shape their AI guidelines.

Ethical Considerations at the Forefront
One pivotal aspect of the Cloudebate™ is the emphasis on ethical considerations. The discussion will delve into how AI’s capabilities should be harnessed for the greater good while safeguarding societal values. This echoes the sentiment expressed by the UN Secretary-General at the “AI for Good Summit” – a framework built on human rights, transparency and accountability that is essential for AI’s responsible development. The Cloudebate™ takes this idea further, exploring how these principles translate into actionable regulations.

 A Regional Context: Africa’s Role in AI Regulation
The topic to be discussed during the new Cloudebate™ also acknowledges the unique regional context of Africa, where the regulatory landscape must align with local circumstances and aspirations. While Africa’s blueprint for AI centres of excellence and human development has been established, the gap between rhetoric and policy implementation remains. The Cloudebate™ will challenge this status quo and encourage the continent to take proactive steps in shaping its own AI trajectory.

Looking Ahead: What’s to Come
As the UJ Cloudebate™ unfolds, attendees can expect a rich tapestry of insights and perspectives. The discourse will encompass not only the challenges but also the opportunities AI presents. From legal and ethical guidelines to strategies for AI adoption, the episode will explore diverse angles and dimensions. Participants will also be able to engage with the debate live with questions that pertain specifically to the South African context, considering factors such as infrastructure and societal challenges.

Get Involved: Join the Conversation
UJ’s Cloudebate™ is an open invitation to all those intrigued by the complex interplay of AI, ethics and regulations. Whether you’re an industry expert, a student with a curious mind, or a concerned citizen, the debate offers an ideal platform to engage, question and collectively shape the future of AI. Stay connected with UJ’s social media channels for updates on event dates and how to participate.

Conclusion: A Journey of Discovery
The new UJ Cloudebate™ episode, “Beyond the Hype: UJ Cloudebate™ Examines the Moral Landscape of AI,” promises an enlightening and enriching exploration of AI’s ethical dimensions. As technology marches forward, it’s imperative to chart a course that embraces innovation while upholding human values and societal well-being. UJ’s commitment to inclusive dialogue and multifaceted perspectives ensures that participants embark on a journey of discovery that transcends the hype and delves into the heart of AI’s moral landscape.

Visit uj.ac.za/4ir and tune in to the next UJ Cloudebate™ to learn more.

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Prepare for AI: As we navigate the era of artificial intelligence, South Africa must choose a regulatory path

By Professor Letlhokwa George Mpedi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2023-08-17-prepare-for-ai-as-we-navigate-the-era-of-artificial-intelligence-south-africa-must-choose-a-regulatory-path/

Beyond The Hype: UJ Cloudebate™ Examines the Moral Landscape of AI

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Host

Prof Hossana Twinomurinzi , Vice Dean College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, BSc Hons (Mathematics), Masters (IT), PhD (IT),MSc (Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering) is a C2 South Africa NRF Rated Researcher and 4IR Professor with the Centre for Applied Data Science, University of Johannesburg.

Speakers

Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg, completed his B Juris (1996) and LLB (1998) at Vista University. In 2001 the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred upon him by the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg).

Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and Research Professor in the Humanities at the University of Johannesburg.

Mr Naveen Joshi, Forbes columnist, Founder and CEO of Allerin, a company which develops engineering and technology solutions focused on optimal customer experiences.

SPEAKERS

Prof Hossana Twinomurinzi (Host)

Vice Dean College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg

Hossana Twinomurinzi BSc Hons (Mathematics), Masters (IT), PhD (IT), MSc (Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering) is a C2 South Africa NRF Rated Researcher and 4IR Professor with the Centre for Applied Data Science, University of Johannesburg. He is currently Vice Dean for Research, Innovation & Internationalisation at the College of Business and Economics. He is also supporting the efforts in the College on infusing data science into research, teaching/learning and community efforts.

He is also an Associate Editor for the African Journal of Information and Communication, past Associate Editor at the African Journal of Information Systems, former Chairperson for the ICT4D Flagship at the University of South Africa, and former Secretary for SAICSIT. His primary research interests are in Applied Data Science, Digital Skills, Digital Government, Digital Innovation and ICT for development. He has supervised 15+ Masters and Doctoral students in the areas of data analytics, digital government and ICT for development.

He serves on the editorial boards of several academic publications and has served as a convener and technical chair at several international and national conferences. He has led national research projects of ICT and done contract research in various sectors ranging from the military, government, non-profit organisations and banking. He has management and executive experience, having served in chief executive and senior management positions in South Africa, England, Swaziland and Uganda. He is a professional facilitator and is occasionally involved in social enterprise activities.

Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg

 

Letlhokwa George Mpedi completed his B Juris (1996) and LLB (1998) at Vista University. In 2001 the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred upon him by the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg). He twice received the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) award (in 2000 and 2001) for purposes of researching in Germany for his LLM dissertation and LLD thesis, respectively).

Upon completing his LLB he was employed as a Junior Lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law at Vista University (Mamelodi Campus). He joined the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) at the then Rand Afrikaans University as a researcher in 2000. In August 2003, Professor Mpedi accepted a position as a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law in Munich (Germany). Upon his return from Germany in 2006, he was employed as a Deputy Director at CICLASS. In the same year, the LLD degree in Mercantile Law was conferred upon him by the University of Johannesburg.

Before his current position as Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Mpedi served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Executive Dean (Faculty of Law) at the University of Johannesburg. He lectured labour law and social security to LLB, post-graduate and certificate students and has delivered papers at numerous national and international conferences. Professor Mpedi has published widely on social security and labour law in South Africa, Southern Africa, and Anglophone Africa. His most recent publications include a co-authored book Labour Law in Ghana (2022) published by LexisNexis, South Africa. Professor Mpedi is an NRF-rated scholar. He is placed in the B category (i.e., a researcher who enjoys considerable international recognition by peers).

Professor Nicole Stremlau

Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and Research Professor in the Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently leading a large ERC project on the Politics and Practice of Social Media in Conflict. Her research focuses on media and governance, particularly in areas of conflict and insecurity. Her recent projects examine the role of new media in political participation and governance; media law and regulation in the absence of government or in weak states; the role of media in conflict, peacebuilding and the consolidation of political power; and how governments attempt to engage citizens and communicate law-making processes, particularly constitution-making. She has recently led Oxford’s contribution to a large EU project on media and democratization conflicts (MeCODEM). Stremlau’s doctoral work explored the role of media during the guerrilla insurgencies in Uganda and Ethiopia, and how the successive governments used the media to consolidate political power in the aftermath of violence.

Mr Naveen Joshi

Mr Naveen Joshi, Forbes columnist, Founder and CEO of Allerin, a company which develops engineering and technology solutions focused on optimal customer experiences.

Naveen works in AI, Big Data, IoT and Blockchain.

An influencer with a half a million followers, he is a highly seasoned professional with more than 30 years of comprehensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment.