Master’s Summer School for Global Citizenship and Peace

Master’s Summer School for Global Citizenship & Peace 2022

‘The Age of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Concerns’

 3rd – 12th August 2022

We’re delighted to annouce the theme for the Master’s Summer School, part of the International Student Seminar for Global Citizenship & Peace 2022,   ‘The Age of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Concerns’.  The summer school will take place from Wednesday 3rd August – Friday 12th August 2022. 

We are currently planning to hold the summer school as an in-person event, hosted by Hiroshima University, Japan.   If however circumstances do not allow for an in-person event (due to Covid/ foreign entry restrictions to Japan), we will hold the seminar in an online format. 

INU member universities will shortly invite students to apply to attend.  Please do contact the INU Council Member at your University  to express your interest in participating, or contact the INU Coordinator for further information:  inu@kingston.ac.uk

The deadline to apply is 27th April 2022.  Please note individual institutions may set an earlier deadline.

Theme for 2022 - ‘The Age of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Concerns’

Over the recent years we have been witnessing a new technological revolution, with developments in this area occurring at staggering speed and showing exponential growth. Within this paradigm, Artificial Intelligence technology occupies a central role in terms of both the opportunities it provides and the concerns it raises.

This year, the International Student Seminar aims to explore the debates and issues raised by the developments in the area of A.I. On the one hand, A.I.-enabled technologies are being heralded as a the future for urban design, mobility and services, with the concept of ‘smart cities’ gaining ground (see for example EU’s briefing on ‘smart cities, or Toyota’s ‘smart city’ initiative in Japan). Equally, A.I. is seen as having the potential to enable sustainable development initiatives and to contribute to tackling the climate change crisis.

On the other hand, concerns are being raised with regard to automatization, and the social and economic threats it poses through labour human displacement, or with regard to enabling surveillance and the restriction of rights. More importantly, the weaponization of A.I. (through its use in Electronic Warfare or in the development and deployment of autonomous weapons) is seen as a growing concern for global human security (with reports from the United Nations Security Council that a fully autonomous weapon may have already killed people in 2021). The seriousness of these concerns is reinforced by United Nations’ agreement to engage thoroughly with the issue of the ethics of artificial intelligence. However, a more robust attempt to pass an outright ban on fully autonomous weapons has so far been unsuccessful.

Considering the relevance of these issues, the seminar aims to provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the debates concerning increasing growth of A. I. technology. The seminar will critically consider how A.I. is increasingly impacting our day-to-day life looking at the opportunities it can provide as well as at the dangers it poses.

 


 

Program Overview

The Master’s Summer School for Global Citizenship and Peace is a unique immersion program which is usually hosted by Hiroshima University in Japan. The seminar welcomes students from around the world from INU member universities and is structured around the 6th August commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The course involves an intensive series of seminars and lectures by faculty from INU member universities and concludes with a simulation of an international decision-making process.

The program features:

  • Pre-readings and preparation of a paper to be discussed with the group;
  • An intensive educational program with lectures and workshops with students from across the globe; 
  • Academic experts and guest speakers from around the world;
  • United Nations General Assembly Role Play;
  • An integrated cultural program that introduces a unique side of Hiroshima, which includes a visit to the Peace Memorial Museum and admission to attend the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on 6 August.

Pre-course assignment

In preparation for the course, graduate students write a 4000-word paper on one of four topics related to the theme of the program, which they present during the course.  In 2022, the four topics to choose from are below:

  1. Surveillance, freedom of expression and human rights
  2. Artificial intelligence drivers for strategic realignment within businesses
  3. Artificial Intelligence and its impact on labor demand and productivity
  4. Artificial intelligence in warfare: autonomous weapons and new technologies

Eligibility

Graduate students in the relevant field and from an INU member institution are eligible to apply.

Application and Selection Process

Each INU member institution determines the application and selection process for students at their university. Students are welcome to express interest in participation to the INU Council member at their home university or by contacting the INU Coordinator.

Practical Information

The course guide, reading lists and travel information for the participants will be shared by email with selected students.  The INU coordinator will be organising this information and will be happy to help you with any questions that you have.

Questions?

Please do contact the INU Coordinator: inu@kingston.ac.uk

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Highlights

“This was my first UN Role Play experience, and it gave me a greater understanding of gobal issues, especially when focusing on food and water insecurity”

“Amazing and eye-opening”

“An incredible experience to have been able to share, learn and exchange with fellow students and teachers from all over the world and with different background”