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Exploring the ethics and future of generative AI

UM Knowledge Exchange returns January 31

January 15, 2024 — 

On Wednesday January 31, 2024, experts in generative AI technology will share their insights at the UM Knowledge Exchange presentation Next Steps with Generative AI. The panel will discuss the artistic and academic opportunities along with the legal and ethical implications posed by this emerging technology.

UM Knowledge Exchange is an important opportunity for UM researchers to share emerging knowledge with members of the public and the wider UM community. UM Knowledge Exchange is hosted by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International), with support from the UM Learning for Life Network.

Within a few short months in 2023 conversational and generative AI models moved from the realm of science fiction to everyday reality. This rapid progress raises pressing challenges for governments attempting to regulate these systems and implications for authorship and copyright.

While some highlight risks from job displacement to an AI apocalypse, others see opportunities for new forms of artistic expression. Join our panel of multidisciplinary experts as they explore whether generative AI is a compelling next step in technology, or an uncanny inflection point in the human experience.


Dr. David Gerhard, Department Head, Computer Science


Dr. Neil McArthur, Director, Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, Professor, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Örjan Sandred, Professor, Desautels Faculty of Music

Dr. Katie Szilagyi, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

Next Steps with Generative AI January 31, 7pm-8:30pm (CDT) at Degrees Diner. UM Knowledge Exchange is a hybrid event with in-person and online options to attend.

Add Next Steps with Generative AI to your calendar. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided, and the kitchen at Degrees Diner will be open for specialty coffee and full food service. Parking available is available with registration.

Or join us for online viewing 7 pm CDT to watch the live stream. Participate during the live session by asking your questions via email to: Research [dot] Communications [at] UManitoba [dot] ca

The seven-part UM Knowledge Exchange panel-discussion series will take place between November 2023 and May 2024. More details to come soon on the UM Knowledge Exchange webpage.







Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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