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NISTH Ideas Challenge

 

The NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) is pleased to announce the NISTH Ideas Challenge: AI for Humanity, which aims to involve the entire campus community in mapping the fundamental issues and principles that would help guide the development of AI for the benefits of society and humanity.


Advances in technology are radically reshaping the human landscape. Although technology has always been a part of human civilisation, its pervasive influence and the speed of technological change today are propelling the world into a new era. As it has been so aptly described, the world is entering into a “4th Industrial Revolution,” which creates tremendous opportunities as well as challenges for humans in this century. The development of artificial intelligence (AI), in particular, has the potential to transform the global socio-economic order. It also raises fundamental ethical questions about what it means to be human in a world in which the boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological domains can no longer be clearly delineated.

At NTU Singapore, leading-edge research drives the University’s pursuit of excellence in education, innovation, and service to the community. In light of the pressing challenges posed by the 4th Industrial Revolution, the University established in February of this year the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH), an interdisciplinary research centre that seeks to interrogate the impact of technology on society and to embed human interests in the process of innovation.  NISTH is a community of researchers from all disciplines who will initially focus on three main research themes: responsible innovation; governance and leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution; and new urban Asia.

NISTH will be marking its official launch on March 11-12, 2019. A major component of the NISTH official launch will be a roundtable on “AI for Humanity” that will include thought-leaders from academia, industry, and government. The discussion will focus on the ethics and governance of AI, and how AI will reshape the future social and urban landscape. One expected outcome of the roundtable is a “NISTH Statement on AI Ethics and Governance.” More details about the roundtable will follow soon.

As a part of this celebratory event, we are pleased to invite submissions for an ideas competition, the “NISTH Ideas Challenge: AI for Humanity.”


NISTH IDEAS CHALLENGE: AI FOR HUMANITY

Objective

The competition seeks to identify the key issues in a society that is increasingly reliant on AI, understand the basic principles and guidelines required to ensure that AI can fulfil its intended purpose, and develop strategies to enhance the human condition, especially in a densely populated urban environment like that of Singapore.


Eligibility

All NTU faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the NISTH Ideas Challenge. The entries may be in the form of an essay, a project proposal, or other forms, addressing the theme of “AI for Humanity,” with special reference to ethical responsibility and governance of AI, and how AI impacts human lives in an urban setting. 

 

Entry Requirements

If the submission is in the form of an essay, it should not exceed five pages (double spacing, font size 12). Cross-disciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged, although single authored submissions are also welcome.  Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 

Prizes

A panel of judges will be convened, who will assess the entries on the basis of their originality, feasibility, and potential impact. The competition will award three top prizes and three commendation awards:

      • First prize: cash award of S$5,000
      • Second prize: cash award of S$2,500
      • Third prize: cash award of S$1000
      • Three commendation awards: cash award of S$500 each

 

The top three winners will be invited to participate in the roundtable on “AI for Humanity” on 11 March, 2019, where they will be able to contribute to the formulation of the NISTH Statement on AI Ethics and Governance. They will also be invited, together with the commendation award winners, to present their ideas at a forum on the following day.


Submission and Deadline

All submissions are to be sent via email to D-NISTH@ntu.edu.sg, with the subject “NISTH IDEAS CHALLENGE: AI for Humanity”

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2019.

 

NISTH is intended to galvanize discussion and research on the most pressing challenges facing humanity today.  The solutions to such challenges require both technological innovations and a deep understanding of their social and ethical implications. The latter, including the unintended consequences of technology, need to be carefully investigated if technology is to fulfil its intended function of creating a better future for humanity.


NISTH also supports the “One-NTU” initiative, which envisages a vibrant community of learners, teachers, scholars and innovators committed to realising the University’s core mission. Whatever roles we may play, whether as faculty, staff or students, we work as a team to contribute to a better tomorrow for Singapore and the world at large. Knowledge does not grow well in insularity, and the NISTH Ideas Challenge announced today hopes to bring the campus community together on a common intellectual journey towards positive change.


We look forward to your active participation in this event.

 
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