Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Prof. Dr. Jocelyn Maclure

Mercator Visiting Professor for AI in the Human Context, Bonn in the project 'Desirable Digitalisation: Rethinking AI for Just and Sustainable Futures'

Working at CST: April-July 2023

Areas of Expertise in Teaching and Research

Jocelyn Maclure is Full Professor of Philosophy at McGill University. He holds the Stephan A. Jarislowky Chair in Human Nature and Technology. He currently works on both speculative questions related to artificial general intelligence, artificial consciousness and moral status, and on practical issues in the ethics of AI. 

His publications on AI include “The New AI Spring: A Deflationary View” (AI & Society); “AI, Explainability and Public Reason: The Argument from the Limitations of the Human Mind” (Minds & Machines); “AI For Humanity: The Global Challenges” (with Stuart Russell, in Towards Responsible AI); “Intelligence artificielle, automatisation et inégalités” (with D. Rocheleau-Houle in L’intelligence artificielle and les mondes du travail) and “AI’s Fairness Problem: Understanding Wrongful Discrimination in the Context of Automated Decision-Making” (with H. Cossette-Lefebvre, under review).

As the President of the Quebec Ethics in Science and Technology Commission, he supervised the publication of several reports on the ethical and legal regulation of AI technologies. He was a member of the scientific committee of the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI (2017) and of the Global Forum on AI for Humanity (Paris, 2019). He was part of the Canadian delegation at the UNESCO Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts related to a Draft Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, 2021.

Before turning to artificial intelligence, he published extensively on value pluralism, public reason, secularism, multiculturalism and human rights. Secularism and Freedom of Conscience (Harvard University Press, 2011), co-authored with Charles Taylor, appeared in several languages.


Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Desirable Digitalisation

Rethinking AI for Just and Sustainable Futures.
We investigate how to design AI (artificial intelligence) and other digital technologies in a responsible way, placing the questions of social justice and environmental sustainability at the very heart of our work.

Our research program is a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge and Bonn and numerous international partners, and is funded by the Mercator Foundation in Germany.

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University of Bonn
Institute of Philosophy
Center for Science and Thought

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Konrad-Zuse-Platz 1-3, 53227 Bonn
Room: 2.014

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