Artificial Intelligence in the City: western consequences and responsibilities


Shin Koseki, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape, presented the preliminary results of a study on the ethical frameworks of the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) in urban environments. This study, designed with and carried out by Myriam Guillemette, researcher at the UNESCO Chair, shows that countries of the Global North have monopolized the discourse on the ethics of AI in cities, focusing on economic and of transport and putting aside issues relating to housing and public space.

To conduct this study, the research team analyzed around a hundred scientific articles and more than 170 white papers on the deployment of artificial intelligence in urban environments. These white papers, produced by various government agencies, companies and scientific organizations, combine thousands of ethical, technical, and legal recommendations aimed at reducing the negative impacts of the extensive use of AI in cities.

This study was conducted with the support of Mila — Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute and contributes to a white paper on the governance of AI in cities written in collaboration with UN Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Program. Professor Koseki’s presentation took place as part of the “AI and responsibility” workshop held at Université Laval on March 22 and 23.



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