Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics
The Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics explores the conditions for ethical behavior in a globalized and pluralistic world. In this sense, our research is dedicated to the socio-economic order framework and the institutional environment in which individuals interact. This includes the analysis of incentives, as well as the examination of ethical categories which fit into our contemporary world. The goal of our research is to develop institutional design recommendations and give orientation to actors in business, politics and society who face ethical challenges.
TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence officially opened
In attendance of Minister of State Dorothee Bär, Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) officially opened the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence today. At the event the new institute's first research projects at the interface of ethics and artificial intelligence (AI) were presented – in areas ranging from AI in autonomous vehicles to regulatory issues.
TUM has been studying the complex interactions of science, technology and society since 2012 through the work of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), which was established under the 2012 Excellence Initiative. As part of the MCTS, the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) will focus on ethical implications of artificial intelligence. The US company Facebook is supporting this TUM initiative by a 6.5 million euro donation not subject to any conditions or expectations.
At today's opening symposium for the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) at TUM, Dorothee Bär, the Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, said: “To some extent, machine learning algorithms are already playing a role in choosing the news articles we read. But the possible applications extend far beyond that, for example into such areas as medical diagnostics. These far-reaching technological changes raise many ethical issues. It is a good thing that TUM is getting involved in addressing these issues.”
Creating trustworthy AI
With the IEAI, TUM aims to combine its traditional strengths in science and technology fields with the humanities and social sciences, creating a force to shape the kind of AI technologies that will earn trust and acceptance in society. “As a technical university, we can effectively contribute to social progress only if we align our technological innovations with the values, needs and expectations of people,” said TUM president Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann. “This guiding principle of human-centered engineering permeates TUM's future agenda for research, innovation and the education of our students.” To that end, the IEAI will bring together talented researchers in medicine, natural sciences and engineering to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams with partners from the fields of social sciences and ethics. With total funding of approximately 2.3 million euros, TUM is now kicking off the first research projects:
- Autonomous driving ethics
- An AI-based medical ethical advisor system
- Understanding the dynamics of hate speech and fake news
- Personalized AI-based interventions against online norm violations
- Trust in AI through meaningful regulation
- AI for a human-centered Industry 4.0
We would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming publication:
Christoph Bartneck, Christoph Lütge, Alan R. Wagner, Sean Welsh:
Ethik in KI und Robotik
Hanser Fachbuch 2019: Link
Keynote of Prof. Lütge at Huawei Connect in Shanghai
On September 19, Prof. Lütge gave a keynote on "Trustworthy AI Governance" at the Huawei Connect in Shanghai.
Lecture of Prof. Lütge at the Carnegie Mellon University
On September 12, Prof. Lütge delivered a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on "Humanity's Last Chance or Highway to Hell? Ethical Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence".
A report about the lecture can be found here.
Interview with Prof. Lütge at the Data for Policy Conference 2019
We would like to draw your attention to the following interview with Prof. Lütge at the Data for Policy Conference. The interview deals with the ethical aspects of artificial intelligence. The link to the interview can be found here.
Research Stay of Prof. Lütge at Harvard University
Prof. Lütge will be visiting researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in September 2019.
79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston
The Peter Löscher Endowed Chair of Business Ethics is represented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston and participates in the workshops "Managing Digital Disruption" and "The Social Contract Tradition in Business Ethics".
We would like to take the opportunity to inform you about a new publication:
Christoph Lütge; Christoph Strosetzki (ed.):
The Honorable Merchant – Between Modesty and Risk-Taking
Springer International Publishing 2019: Link
Announcement "Ethics of Competition"
Christoph Lütge; Matthias Uhl: Wirtschaftsethik
Vahlen 2018: Link
Lectures of Prof. Dr. Lütge
4.3. Paris UNESCO conference "Principles for artificial intelligence: towards a humanistic approach?"
18.3. Turin Invited lecture of Prof. Lütge at the University of Turin
21.3. Berlin Participation at the Digital Governance Convention
1.4. Hannover Accenture-Panel on AI at the Hannover Trade Fair
3.4. Düsseldorf Presentation of Prof. Lütge at the invitation of the Industrie-Club (Industry Club)
21.5. Munich Panel Discussion on AI in the Literaturhaus München (House of Literature Munich)
11.4. Berlin Panel Discussion at the Big-Data.AI Summit of Bitkom
12.4. Munich Panel Discussion at the Scientific Society for Entrepeneurial Leadership (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Unternehmensführung)
23.-24.5. Washington DC Participation at the symposium "Artificial Intelligence: An International Dialogue“ at the Invitation of the National Academies and the Royal Society
11.-12.6 London Keynote at the Data for Policy Conference 2019
27.-28.6. Prague Presentation at the workshop “Autonomous Vehicle Ethics: Beyond the Trolley Problem”
4.7. London Fujitsu World Tour London, Panel on Trustworthy AI
5.7. Garching Panel "Artificial Intelligence: Future trends and the impact on society“ at the 2nd French German Women Forum Entrepreneurship in cooperation between TUM and HEC Paris
11.7. Munich Keynote of Prof. Lütge at the Ethics Network of Multilateral Organizations Conference of the European Patent Office
9.8. Boston Workshop at the Academy of Management (AOM) "Managing Digital Disruption: Toward a Research Agenda for Organizations“
10.8. Boston Workshop at "The Social Contract Tradition in Business Ethics. Ties that Bind twenty years on“ at Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference
12.9. Pittsburgh Lecture on "Humanity's Last Chance or Highway to Hell? Ethical Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence" at the Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
19.9. Shanghai Presentation on Trustworthy AI Governance at Huawei Connect
27.9. Berlin Keynote at the Congress for Human Resource Management
10.10. London Invited Lecture at the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE)
11.10. Messkirch Keynote at the conference of the Heidegger Society
14.10. Berlin Panel moderation at the Acatech conference "Responsibility in the Technical Sciences
23.10. Prague Panel at the German-Czech Innovation Conference Artificial Intelligence
8-9.11. Munich Lecture at the Zündfunk-Netzkongress
17.11. New York Keynote speech at the Future Forum of the German Center for Innovation and Research
21.11. Rome Panel at the International Conference on Ethics and Law of AI in the Italian Parliament.
Lecture of Prof. Lütge at the CESIfo Institute
On May 7, 2018, Professor Lütge has delivered a lecture at the CESifo Institute in Munich on the topic "Business ethics without illusions". For more information, please click on here.
Christoph Lütge and Christoph Strosetzki (ed.)
2019 The Honorable Merchant – Between Modesty and Risk-Taking
Springer 2018: Link