Artificial Intelligence (AI) today plays a major role in the way we conduct research, in the way we draft policy at all levels and industries, and in the way we function in daily life. Simple routinised activities are easily converted into algorithms, embedded in our social ‘interface’ and overall social infrastructure, and the recent and ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 have further allowed and encouraged additional AI-driven platforms and techniques, in order to minimize social interaction throughout these uncertain times.

Despite the long list of benefits for the use of AI and its impact on society, some ethical debates persist. Concerns and other issues are constantly raised regarding the data we are exposed to and the way we understand, interpret, share, and reproduce information. This avertedly shapes policy, often dismissing ethical questions on bias, disinformation, the social and psychological impact, as well as the implications for how machines and software interact with humans in the 21st century.

In line with our continuous efforts of promoting a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder effort in addressing ethical, policy- and research-related questions, the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee (CNBC), in partnership with the Artificial Intelligence Lab (AILab) and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Nicosia, the Office of the Senior Vice-Rector at the University of Nicosia and the European Commission Representation in Cyprus organise a two-day, high-level research conference on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence: Ethics and Society in a Technologically Fused World”.

The two-day conference is scheduled to take place on 5-6 November 2021 at the University of Nicosia. Only a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder effort can find the best ways to address these concerns, including experts and academics of various disciplines, such as AI, computer science and engineering, ethics, philosophy, economics, medicine, politics, psychology, sociology, law, and history. As such, we invite experts, academics, and researchers to contribute to a selected theme and participate in our conference.

Please note that a selection of successful paper submissions will potentially be published in a collective volume on AI, Ethics and Technology with a selected academic publisher following the conference.