Co-creating the future of European AI – key takeaways from the SHERPA final event

On 22 September 2021, EBS hosted the SHERPA final event, “Co-creating the future of European AI”, which was attended by 471 participants who watched the live stream event.

This event stems from the project’s achievements over the past years in terms of improving and understanding AI and AI governance. Addressing both issues and concerns regarding AI technologies and its processes, one of the main objectives of SHERPA’s final event was to build bridges with stakeholders and reach project sustainability. As the project ended in October 2021, it was important to have a focus not only on proposed legislation, but also to analyse ways on how to use and integrate SHERPA’s final results and recommendations in future regulatory frameworks at the European level. SHERPA contributed to building an ecosystem, and the next steps are to turn policies into sustainable actions in order to adapt to the new technologies and promote human flourishing.

Opening remarks from SHERPA Coordinator Bernd Stahl and the event moderator, EU tech reporter Jennifer Baker, kicked off the two-hour event, which featured the participation of both SHERPA partners and invited guests. Speakers engaged in lively discussion and debate on AI Governance and the SHERPA recommendations, with addresses from Albena Kuyumdzhieva (Project Advisor, European Innovation Council, EU Commission), Johnny Soraker (AI Ethicist, Google, and SHERPA SB member), Daniel Leufer (Europe Policy Analyst, Access Now), and Nicole Santiago (Trilateral Research, SHERPA partner).

The panel discussion was followed by a Keynote speech on “Implementing AI Ethics” delivered by Prof. Meredith Broussard, author of “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World” and Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University.

The event ended with a Q&A session, where members from the audience were able to “challenge the speaker” by asking their questions and closing remarks from Bernd Stahl and Jennifer Baker.

The event is available to watch on the here and on the SHERPA YouTube channel.