Bioethics Forum 2024. Artificial intelligence, the essential subject

After the environment, the body and even transhumanism, the forum is interested in “AI and us”, including artificial intelligence. For what reasons?

Aurélien Benoilid : “Edition after edition, We always try to get into the spirit of the times which is the most striking. And then, whatever research is carried out, artificial intelligence always comes back in first place. It’s not just a fashion effect. Something is really happening. What was previously known only to engineers and programmers has been spreading to the general public for a year, a year and a half. In the future, this is likely to have serious repercussions on all areas of a citizen’s life. There are already some on health, safety, artistic creativity… There is, therefore, an undeniable interest in discussing the subject. »

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We cannot talk about bioethics without talking about ethics and morals

Should we be concerned about the potential impacts of AI or should we welcome it?

“If tomorrow we explain to you that with this app you will have a more accurate diagnosis than with a doctor, what will you choose? What choice will you make for your child? Obviously, you will trust the machine. We are already doing this with PCR (a molecular biology technique used to screen for HIV, Covid-19, etc., Editor’s Note) for example, without anyone else worrying about it. Over time, we trust. It will be the same with artificial intelligence. The fears exist today, but trust will be established within a few months or years. The risk will then be to see human beings placed on the periphery of technology because they have greater work capacity. It’s true, we can’t take that away from him. On the other hand, human beings have a way of thinking and reasoning that we must preserve because it allows essential nuances for making a good decision. »

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Fourteen round tables are scheduled during the forum. Who are the interested parties?

“We invited doctors, engineers, people from the arts and even, for example, philosophers, as it is impossible to talk about artificial intelligence without talking about human intelligence. In the same way, we cannot talk about bioethics without talking about ethics and morality. During the four days of the forum we will explore the entire field of human sciences with the idea of ​​putting human beings at the center of our discussions. And for good reason! He is the one who is forced to use this artificial intelligence, but also to pay the consequences, whether positive or negative. »

The European character of your event will be reinforced this year…

“The forum has always aimed to speak beyond French borders. This will be even more the case this year as we have decided to welcome more European experts. The idea is to transcend the questions to find out what values ​​we share in Europe and what collegial answers we can give. This European dimension is also at the heart of a new partnership contract signed with the city and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, the European Community of Alsace, the Greater East region and the Lower Rhine prefecture. »

Last year, you indicated that the forum was threatened by financial issues. Is today?

“Certainly, the forum is better. Of course we will have to sign a new contract next year with our partners, but we are calm. The contacts are good. The idea of ​​adapting the forum to a formula for young people is right on the table. »

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