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SKEMA Centre for Artificial Intelligence - 2022-2023 Seminar Series

​​​​​​​​​​​Digital platforms and ecosystems: the new dominant organizational forms of the AI-driven digital economy

​​Date: November 17 , 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm CET
Place: room 3.216 and online
Prof. Annabelle Gawer, Chaired Professor in Digital Economy; Director Surrey Centre of Digital Economy (CoDE) - University of Surrey
Discussant - Thibaut Munier, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Numberly

Abstract: What are the principal consequences on organization and management of the ongoing Digital Revolution? In this talk I examine how value can be created and c​aptured in fundamentally new ways thanks to digital innovation and AI. I propose that digital platform firms and their ecosystems are the emblematic organizational form of the digital age. I present the main implications of the rise of digital platforms and ecosystems on competition and innovation. The paradox of digital platforms in their current organizational form is that while distributed patterns of value creation characterize the circumstances that allowed them to emerge, the business models they have adopted have led to a centralized modality of value capture. This has given rise to salient instances of digital platform firms’ abuse of economic power over their ecosystem members and to widespread concerns on digital platforms firms’ abuse of power on other dimensions, including privacy and labour relations. In my conclusion, I highlight the importance of future research on ecosystems’ governance and call for a careful examination of a platform firms’ responsibilities in society.

Assessing Trustworthy AI

Date: December 8 , 2022

Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm CET

Place: room 3.216 and online

Prof. Elisabeth Hildt, Professor of Philosophy - Director of the Center for the study of Ethics in the Professions Illinois Institute of Technology

Discussant - Zyed Zalila, Founder, CEO and R&D Director, Intellitech​​

Abstract: After reflecting on trust, trustworthiness, and what it is that makes artificial intelligence (AI) trustworthy, the presentation will introduce the Z-Inspection® Initiative ( The Z-Inspection® initiative is an interdisciplinary group of international researchers that develops an assessment process for trustworthy AI.  The focus of the assessment is on identifying and discussing issues and tensions through the elaboration of socio-technical scenarios, based on the Guidelines for Trustworthy AI presented by the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on AI. The presentation will first delineate the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. It will then give an overview of the assessment process for trustworthy AI. After outlining several of the AI case studies the group has conducted so far, the presentation will reflect on lessons learned and give suggestions on how to achieve AI technology assessment in practice.

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​​​​AI enabled new educational paradigm

Date: January 18 , 2023
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm CET
Place: room 3.216 and online
Prof. Yoram (Jerry) Wind, The Lauder Professor Emeritus - Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania
Discussant - Gérald Audenis, Director of Operations, IPsoft France

The current educational system is broken. Just observe the growing educational divide around the world and the rejection of science and truth. Unfortunately, the huge investments in education and EDTECH are based on our current educational paradigm and the emerging approaches to online education. It is not surprising therefore that  we face an educational crisis. The enormous advances in AI, and especially conversational AI, offer the opportunity to replace the current faculty centered education with a truly student centered education . The new paradigm will allow the learner and his or her AI empowered smartphone (or wearable or implanted device) to access the best validated knowledge in the world 24x7 in any language, any place, and any device in Web 2.0 and 3.0. In this paradigm the faculty is no longer the source of knowledge but rather the motivator and coach helping the learner work with the digital expert and implement the learned material and ideally in the real world. The interactive seminar will encourage challenging the new paradigm and at the same time explore the implication of this paradigm to all aspects of the educational system and to each of us and our organizations.

Algorithmic management at work beyond the gig-economy: from practices to theory (and regulation)

Date: February 2 , 2023
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm CET
Place: room 3.216 and online
Prof Antonio Aloisi: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and Assistant Professor of European and Comparative Labour Law at IE Law School
Discussant - Thierry Jadot, President Co-Founder, Minteed Lab; Former Chairman & CEO at Dentsu France, Benelux, Mena, Turkey

Abstract: In recent years, practices of algorithmic management have been widely adopted to analyse how applicants behave during job interviews, monitor remote work, rate workers’ performance and set wage adjustments. Simultaneously, the condition of subjection to the upstream authority of managers has been intensified. By adopting a qualitative empirical approach, this presentation maps the experiences of a group of private-sector employees with digitised human resources management (HRM) practices. It gathers testimonies on how companies are organising, monitoring and recruiting their workforce, and explores which methods are adopted by managers in “ordinary” employment settings and industries.
Employment protection legislation recognises the need to curb the unilateral discretionary power of the dominant contractual party by deploying several controlling factors. However, the traditional guardrails have now been displaced by the transformative impetus exerted by data-driven technologies. Therefore, by embracing a multidimensional, anticipatory and participatory approach, this presentation addresses the consequences of power augmentation on workplace bargaining and informational dynamics. Using examples from the field of strategic litigation, I discuss the mutually reinforcing relationship between the General Data Protection Regulation’s provisions and anti-discrimination measures, thanks to which automated decisions can be rendered explainable and contestable. I also call for the involvement of worker representatives in co-designing HRM policies, thereby closing power gaps and eradicating algorithmic biases.​

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Repairing AI for Environmental Justice

Date: March 20 , 2023
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm CET
Place: room 3.216 and online
Prof. Aimee Van Wynsberghe, Director, Institute for Science and Ethics, Bonn Humboldt Professorship, Applied Ethics of Ar​tificial Intelligence, University of Bonn
Discussant: Nosing DOEUK - Senior partner MC2I; Isabelle BUDOR - VP Capgemini Invent

Abstract: Let us imagine that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is broken. Not in the physical sense in which pieces are falling apart and need to be put together; rather, in the metaphorical sense in which there are serious ethical concerns related to the design and development of AI that demand repair. In this talk I will outline a definition of Sustainable AI as an umbrella term to cover two branches with different aims and methods: AI for sustainability vs the sustainability of AI. I will show that AI for sustainability holds great promise but is lacking in one crucial aspect; it fails to account for the environmental impact from the development of AI. Alternatively, the environmental impact of AI training (and tuning) sits at the core of the sustainability of AI, for example measuring carbon emissions and electricity consumption, water and land usage, and regulating the mining of precious minerals. All of these environmental consequences fall on the shoulders of the most marginalized and vulnerable demographics across the globe (e.g. the slave like working conditions in the mining of minerals, the coastal communities susceptible to unpredictable weather conditions). By placing environmental consequences in the centre one is forced to recognize the environmental justice concerns underpinning all AI models. The question then becomes, how can the AI space be repaired to transform current structures and practices that systemically exacerbate environmental justice issues with the consequence of further marginalizing vulnerable groups.

Creativity-on-demand: Co-creative AI products to augment the creativity of work professionals

Date: May 25 , 2023
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm CET
Place: room 3.216 and online
Prof. Neil Maiden, Professor of Digital Creativity - Bayes Business School
Discussant - Thomas Van't Wout - Founder BOLT Influence

Abstract: Everyday creative thinking is needed to generate ideas and solutions that are novel and useful, not only to design and innovate, but also in sectors not perceived to be creative, e.g., working on production lines, caring for people living with dementia, and coaching athletes. So far, the role of co-creative AI technologies to support this everyday creative thinking has received little attention. In response CebAI, the National Centre for Creativity enabled by AI, has researched and developed new forms of human-centred AI tools to support everyday creative thinking. The development of these tools is informed by design principles derived from both creativity models and hard-earned empirical experiences. This seminar will outline the CebAI approach to co-creative AI, present one or more of its digital tools, and report empirical evaluations in different workplaces.

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