Lorentzlezing: The Future of faith and responsible technology & AI; Examples from the Muslim technology market

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With the role of digital technology increasingly becoming more vital and a larger part of everything we do; the question lingers as to how we can ensure that technology serves humans in a manner that is beneficial and responsible to everyone. Part of the complexity of new technologies is that they can often have unintended consequences, bringing questions of ethics to the forefront, both in terms of the design of technology and of impact.

Yet, every community of technology consumers has different social, cultural, and faith-based values that shape their needs, determine what “responsible” technology means, and how technology is used. One exceedingly large, young, and fast growing group of users is the global Muslim community. Unfortunately, most discussions on responsible technology and AI have so far left them out of the picture. 

This series of short lectures will shed light on this under-explored topic of faith-based ethics and technology, and to highlight why bringing diversity and inclusion into the conversation is necessary to ensure that no one is left behind in the digital revolution. 


17.15 – 17.35 Dr Stefan Buijsman: Ethics of technology and AI– In this talk, Dr Buijsman walks us through how we actually go about incorporating ethics in the design stage of technology, through drawing on use cases specific to the Muslim community’s needs. 

17.35 – 17.45 Dr. Bart Barendregt: Islam, Ethics and Technology, why discuss them together?  This talk will discuss the need for thinking about technology in relation to Islamic and ethics and will provide a summary and findings of the workshop series.

17.50 – 18.30 Payal Arora, Arfah Farooq, Faten Hijazi Panel: Driving Diversity and Inclusion within the tech industry – Our panelists will discuss the types of infrastructures needed to accommodate diverse users of technology and to create more ethically/socially and culturally sensitive guidelines for the industry. 

This public lecture is part of the Lorentz Center workshop The Future of Muslim Tech: Prospects and Challenges.

Practical information
This lecture will be held in English.
Where: in the lecture hall of the museum
When: on Thursday the 19th of January 2023 from 17.15 to 18.30 hrs. 
Costs: you can attend this lecture with a museum ticket
Registration: please use the form to register for this lecture

Lorentz Lezing January 19 2023

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