Six CSIC’s researchers, experts in artificial intelligence, robotics, archaeology, geological resources, and microelectronics, have addressed the future of digital society through the lens of sustainability and ethics. They did so within the framework of a new Cicerón Conference, an initiative organized by the CSIC in collaboration with the Fundación General CSIC (FGCSIC), aimed at connecting science with administrations, companies, and journalists. The event took place today, Monday, November 13th, at the CSIC Delegation in Catalonia and included a visit to the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computer Science (IRI), a joint centre of the CSIC and UPC.
The scientific session of the event began with welcoming words from the Vice President of Innovation and Transfer of the CSIC, Ana Castro, and the Deputy Director of Fundación General CSIC, Paloma Domingo. The session was moderated by researchers Júlia Borràs, from the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computer Science (IRI CSIC-UPC), and Felip Mañá, from the Institute of Research in Artificial Intelligence (IIIA – CSIC).
The meeting brought together Carme Torras from the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computer Science (IRI CSIC – UPC), who discussed the topic of training and co-design for the ethical deployment of assistive robotics; Ramon López de Mántaras from the Institute of Research in Artificial Intelligence (IIIA – CSIC), who addressed contributions to machine learning and the dissemination of AI; Vanina Martínez, also from the Institute of Research in Artificial Intelligence (IIIA – CSIC), who presented symbolic reasoning for intelligent agents; Juan Alcalde from Geosciences Barcelona (GEO3BCN – CSIC), who referred to geological resources and their use for a sustainable energy transition. The participants also included Silvia Valenzuela from the Milá y Fontanals Institution for Research in Humanities (IMF – CSIC), who investigates archaeology as a source of data for socio-economic models, and Gonzalo Murillo from the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB – CNM – CSIC), who works on the development of micro and nanogenerators that collect energy from the environment for more sustainable electronic devices.