Project description: The Arne Næss Symposium is part of the Arne Næss programme at the University of Oslo established in 2007. Based at the Center for Development and the Environment at UiO, the Arne Næss Chair and Symposium are today the only ongoing project that preserves and critically develops the intellectual legacy after Arne Næss. The Arne Næss professors – who represent leading international scholars working on the questions of global justice and the environment – are invited to engage with the Norwegian researchers, students, NGOs and the public sphere. They are also encouraged to carry on the Socratic quest that imbues Næss’s philosophy. The preliminary title of the 2021 Arne Næss Symposium – featuring one of the leading world sociologists, prof. Anthony Giddens - is "Nature and Humanity in the Age of AI". The aim of the 2021 Symposium will be to illuminate the consequences the AI civilization will have for our conceptions of humanity and nature. Do we need new ethical foundations in the age of AI? The Symposium will also inquire into the ways in which Artificial Intelligence will influence our solutions to the climate crisis.
Project leader: Nina Witoszek
Institution: Senter for utvikling og miljø (SUM)