The Governance Challenges of Artificial Intelligence: A Lecture by Tshilidzi Marwala, UNU Rector and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

24 October 2023
High-Level Lecture and Academic Panel

The rapid development of artificial intelligence brings with it a host of complex governance challenges. As AI systems become more capable and autonomous, we must consider how to regulate their design, training, and use to align with human values and prevent unintended harm. Key governance issues include accountability, transparency, privacy, bias, and safety.

This lecture from UNU Rector, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Member of the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, will explore ethical frameworks, technical standards, and policy interventions needed to steer AI in a responsible direction, sharing his insights into governing AI for the benefit of society while mitigating risks from advanced algorithms and autonomous systems. 


Following the lecture will be a panel discussion with Flemish AI experts, including speakers: 

  • Sabine Demey (Director, Flanders AI Research Program, IMEC) 
  • Tijl De Bie (Professor in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Data Science, UGent) 
  • Rob Heyman (Lead, Knowledge Centre Data & Society, IMEC-SMIT, VUB)
  • Tinne De Laet (Head Tutorial Services, Engineering Sciences, KULeuven) 


24 October 2023

18:00 - 20:00 
followed by a reception

Royal Library of Belgium
Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels


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