‘Cars are self-driving’, ‘AI is becoming “alive” and replacing human roles’, ‘An AI just outperformed 20 top lawyers’, and ‘Will AI put lawyers out of business?’ are just some of the common media titles and topics in the artificial intelligence (AI) debate. While AI is making our lives easier, its rapid development raises numerous philosophical, legal, and political issues.

Following the series of lectures on humAInism project that addressed freedom of choice and the lack of it as a result of optimisation, as well as current challenges to the vision of a human-centric AI, the lecture ‘Humanism and artificial intelligence’ was held on Tuesday, 24th December at 5pm CET at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law.

The discussion focused on the following questions: What are the capabilities of AI? Does AI allow us to retain free will and choice? Can AI respect laws, international law, and values of humanity? Can we integrate ethics into AI code or is it too late for that?

The lecture was delivered by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, director of DiploFoundation and former executive director of the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Co-operation.