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We live in an age where Alexa and Siri manage households, our cellphones communicate with our fridges and where corporations and governments collect enormous amount of personal information about individuals. Artificial Intelligence (AI), like any technology, brings a lot of benefits, but it also carries threats. Moreover, AI has become the new source of power and the “AI race” is the new arms race between nations.

The second event in the HumanTech Meetings series, organized by SWPS University’s HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovation will focus on the issue of ethics in the digital age and AI outlook from the geopolitical perspective. The meeting will be hosted by Dr. Konrad Maj and the panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michał Boni from SWPS University. 

The Meeting is part of the Innovation Transformer conference organized by the HumanTech Center.

Lanuage of the event: English with translation into Polish.
Free admission. Registration required.

November 29

HumanTech Meetings

We live in an era of innovation, technological progress and digitalization. This current innovation drive may lead to unpredictable psychological and social outcomes. Therefore, it is crucial to establish collaborations between engineers, programmers, IT specialists and social scientists during initial phases of any new projects related to development of new technologies or services. Such collaborations may help to avoid mistakes and can support better development of new ideas.

The project is planned as a series of meetings, gathering academics and professionals from the technology sector from Poland and other countries. Each meeting will include two lectures, one delivered by a speaker from Poland and one presented by a guest from another country. The lectures will be followed by panel discussions, where panelists will represent different approaches to innovation and technology.

HumanTech Meetings is a project of SWPS University's Center for Innovation. The aim of the project is to initiate cooperation between the technology sector and social scientists to present different perspectives on phenomena such as Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, algorithms, robotics as well as virtual and augmented reality.
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Lectures - Part 1

13:00 - 16:00

Lecture 1: Active Intelligence

This introductory presentation will outline the major trends currently shaping technology visions around Artificial Intelligence drawing on examples from both startups and larger corporations to demonstrate how different types of firms are incorporating it. The growing reliance on artificial intelligence is becoming ubiquitous and is rapidly becoming capable of adaptive learning and forming more integrated knowledge, investments are surging and more uses are being considered. What lies ahead? A number of Artificial Intelligence tools already support our decisions but Active Intelligence systems will take care of us.

Paul Timmers

Pietro Leo – Executive Architect, IBM Italy Chief Scientist and Research Strategist, IBM Academy of Technology Leadership, Head of IBM Italy Center of Advanced Studies.
Pietro advises companies that want to embrace the new reality of data-centric and highly automated world. Together, they design interactive platforms and real-time systems that empower them and their customers to make better decisions. His expertise is the future of artificial intelligence, big data, and advanced analytics and in general, technology innovation, which blends research & business perspectives. For the last 25 years, he has worked with corporate clients as well as with many successful and exciting startups in multiple industrial domains including Public sector, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Banking, Insurance, Telco, Oil & Gas, Travel & Transportation, Media & Entertainment, acting as technical leader and data scientist in a number of projects whose overall effort size amounts to over 150 years/man, working both at the national and international levels. As IBM Italy chief scientist for Research & Business and thought leader for AI, he helped firms to implement a number mission-critical projects and implement their advanced analytics, artificial intelligence strategy and data-centric culture. As IBM Academy of Technology Leadership member and former IBM Academy of Technology Global Technical Program leading a team of 30 IBM global technical senior leaders, including IBM Fellows as well as IBM Distinguished Engineers, he provided consultancy to the IBM senior executive board members as well as IBM’s client C-Suites. He regularly teaches artificial intelligence, big data and technology innovation at top university courses in major universities in Europe and direct IBM Italy Center of Advanced Studies. I speak at corporate events and top conferences around the globe. Author and co-author of about 70 scientific/technical publications as well as co-author of two IBM books edited by IBM Redbooks. Obtained multiple degrees in Computing Science and Applied Artificial Intelligence. Recipient of numerous awards for high technical achievements from IBM.

1st panel discussion topic: Social economy and robotization: opportunities and threats


Kaja Tomczak

Łukasz Komuda – Graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw. He has 24 years of editorial experience in print and online media and in economic journalism. For three years, he held a position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Businessman.pl monthly publication. For the past seven years, he has been working for the NGO sector, where he has been providing labor market expertise for the Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives (FISE). Editor of the Rynekpracy.org online portal. English to Polish translator of books on economics and co-author of “Idée Fixe”, a role-playing game (RPG).

Kaja Tomczak

Sławomir Kosieliński – Historian, writer, President of the Instytut Mikromakro Foundation. In 2008, he developed scenarios for the National Foresight Programme “Poland 2020” - Information and Communication Technologies . Co-author of reports on robotization, published by the Instytut Mikromakro Foundation, including: “Człowiek – maszyna – bezpieczeństwo” [Human-Machine-Security] (2013) and “Roboty w przestrzeni publicznej” [Robots in Public Space] (2014). His field of expertise includes information and communication technologies in the state management, public tenders, new technologies spearheading city development, national security, strategic foresight and gaining social approval for drones and robots.

Kaja Tomczak

Julia Koczanowicz-Chondzyńska (panel moderator) – Graduate of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialization, specialization in political science, at the University of Warsaw. Completed professional certification program in Corporate Social Responsibility at Kozminski University. For the past 12 years, she has been working for the Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives and became its President in 2018. She has been working for the third sector of economy since 2005 as social entrepreneurship and NGO development expert. She is an enthusiast and advocate of inter-sector cooperation and wise strategies of corporate social responsibility. Advisor at the Center for the Support of Social Economy. Initiator and coordinator of community projects.

Lectures - Part 2

16:00 - 18:15

Lecture 1: When sovereignty and autonomy are at stake – reflections on ethics in the digital age

States feel that their sovereignty is threatened by a combination of rising international tensions and disruptive transformation throughout economy and society driven by digital technologies. These technologies bring much good, for society at large and for individual development and personal autonomy. They also bring much bad through cyberattacks, cybercrime and state- or commercial mass-surveillance. At the sharp edge of these developments are emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G and Internet of Things. How can we understand – and perhaps resolve - the good and the bad, the ethical dilemmas that play out at this nexus of technology, state and individual?

Paul Timmers

Paul Timmers, Ph.D. – Visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. His recent research is on cybersecurity, strategic autonomy and sovereignty. He is also visiting professor at Rijeka University, Senior Advisor to the European Policy Center, Chief Adviser to the European Institute of Technology/Health, and Supervisory Board member of the eGovernance Academy in Estonia. He is a former Director at the European Commission for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity, responsible for policy, legislation and innovation in cybersecurity, digital privacy, digital health and ageing, e-government, and smart cities/mobility/energy. He holds a PhD in physics from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands, an MBA from Warwick University in the UK, was awarded an EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill and completed executive cybersecurity education at Harvard.

Lecture 2: AI horizons from the geopolitical perspective

The presentation will address major emerging and upcoming trends in artificial intelligence and machine learning from the geopolitical perspective and in the context of the so called “AI race”. The future implementation of AI is challenged by technological and social limitations. Data may not be the ultimate source of competitive advantage in the future and a lot may depend on thinking one step ahead of current paradigms. The presentation will discuss whether the AI race is a proper way of thinking about AI rollout and whether we can overcome this logic in the coming years.

Aleksandra Przegalinska

Aleksandra Przegalińska, Ph.D. – Holds a doctoral degree in philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. She is Assistant Professor at Kozminski University and currently Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Recent visiting scholar at The New School for Social Research / Brown University in New York City (2014). In 2011, Aleksandra held a position of Chair of Media Regulation Working Party at the Council of European Union in Brussels. As a William J. Fulbright Scholar, Aleksandra also majored in Sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York (2012), where she participated in research on identity in virtual reality, with particular emphasis on „Second Life”. Currently, Aleksandra’s primary research interests include consequences of introducing artificial intelligence systems to people’s social and professional sphere as well as wearable technologies and human/bot interactions.

2nd panel discussion topic: Threats and benefits of the digital transformation


Kaja Tomczak

Dominik Batorski, Ph.D. – Sociologist and data scientist who combines research at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) at the University of Warsaw with business activity and consulting. Co-founder and Member of the Management Board of Sotrender, a social media analytics platform. He has several years of experience in analyzing big data, collected by online platforms and telecommunication companies. For example in 2010 he established and developed a business intelligence department for Gadu-Gadu, a Polish online chat platform. He specializes in researching social networks and network processes, including information diffusion and human interaction with provided information. His research interests include social and economic change related to spread of new technologies and development of Artificial Intelligence. Since 2014, he has bee organizing monthly Warsaw Data Science Meetup events.

Kaja Tomczak

Witold Drożdż – Executive Director for Corporate Affairs at Orange Poland. From 2010 to 2012 Vice-President and subsequently, Deputy President of PGE Nuclear Energy. In the period 2007-2010, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration and Chairman of a governmental task force “Digital Poland”. He graduated from the University of Warsaw with degrees in law and international relations. Alumnus of the Stanford Executive Program.

Kaja Tomczak

Anna Mierzyńska – Social media analyst and expert in political marketing. She specializes in the analysis of digital threats, in particular Russian disinformation operations in Poland, various online forms of manipulation and fake news. She was responsible for a social media monitoring project related to the EU 2019 elections, conducted by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, a London-based ‘think and do tank’. Blogger, who specializes in analysis of social media, social communication and political marketing https://mierzynska.marketing/.

Kaja Tomczak

Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz – Legal counsel, Chief Coordinator for the Strategic Litigation at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman), initiator of a round table on the prevention of patostreaming on the Internet. Responsible for the coordination of precedent legal cases undertaken by the Ombudsman and for the development of reports on the condition of human rights in Poland for the UN.

Kaja Tomczak

Jakub Turowski – Head of Public Policy for Poland & the Baltics at Facebook. Responsible for developing relations between Facebook and policy makers, regulators, NGOs and other communities. Prior to joining Facebook, he worked for UPC Poland and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). He gained international experience while working as a Senior Regulatory Expert and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Belgacom in Brussels.

Kaja Tomczak

Konrad Maj, Ph.D. (meeting host) – Social psychologist, Head of the HumanTech Meetings project, initiator and Head of the HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovations. In his research and teaching he focuses on social influence, media psychology and innovations. Recently, he has been working on a Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) project. From 2013 to 2016 he held the post of Rector’s Representative for Research, focusing on practical application of research results and social innovations. He visited numerous innovation centers, including the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, the ID+ Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture at the University of Averio, Portugal, and Design Factory at Aalto University, in Finland.

Kaja Tomczak

Michał Boni, Ph.D. (panel moderator) – Holds a doctoral degree in humanities. Former politician (1989-2019) and Minister of Administration and Digitalization (2011-2013). Negotiator specializing in public affairs. Author of “Poland 2030 Report” and reports on youth. Former member of the European Parliament (2014-2019). His professional interests include protection of personal data and development of the 5G network.

Registration for the event is closed now. All places have been filled.
On Nov. 29th, the meeting will be broadcast live on Facebook >>
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Date and Location 

Friday, November 29, 2019, 16:00-18:15

SWPS University, room S306
Chodakowska 19/31
03-815 Warsaw


Coordinator: Ewa Łuczak
e-mail: eluczak1@swps.edu.pl

Marketing and PR:
Dominika Wawrzyniak
e-mail: dwawrzyniak2@st.swps.edu.pl

Magdalena Chorzęp
e-mail: mchorzepa@st.swps.edu.pl

The HumanTech Meetings project is funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, under the “Promotion of Science” funding scheme - contract no. 792/P-DUN/2019.



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