While no one can clearly determine what impact the current developments in the field of artificial intelligence will have on our lives and society, there is little doubt that the changes are already significant. The estimated yearly investment by private companies in the field of artificial intelligence exceeds 40 billion euros and this number is rising. We witness advanced technologies starting to replace humans in certain activities and we can expect them to do even more in the coming years. This not only raises concerns about how to ethically use these kinds of technologies, it also makes it necessary to rethink job and career profiles in line with current and future skills needs. Doctoral schools need to anticipate these developments and to provide to early-career researchers with the ability to not only cope with the situation, but to take a proactive role. This includes providing appropriate trainings and raising algorithmic literacy, comprising the technical and ethical dimension.
At the same time, doctoral schools and similar structures will have to reflect on how artificial intelligence will impact on their functioning. Very soon they may make use of advanced algorithms for activities like candidate selection, program planning or risk mitigation – like the early detection of mental health issues.
This webinar will address the main challenges in this area and discuss the roles of universities and doctoral education.