Launch of NHNAI project

NHNAI project opens its first cycle of operation

Since January 2022, NHNAI project officially begun and opened its first cycle of operation (until 2025). Under the aegis of IFCU (the International Federation of Catholic Universities), the project is coordinated by the Confluence: Sciences and Humanities research center of Lyon Catholic University and gathers multiple partners all around the world (in particular the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santa Clara University and Notre-Dame University in the US, Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya, the Catholic University of Portugal, LUMSA in Italia, the University of Namur in Belgium and Lille Catholic University in France).

In the overall, NHNAI project aims at contributing to the emergence of a critical mass of transformation agents – i.e. individuals and organisations such as public institutions and private organizations, academics, engineers, economic actors, policy- and decision-makers, any concerned citizens – that adopt an integral approach and frames challenges raised by AI and NS through the prism of humanism. The goal is that such a critical mass of actors start asking ethical, moral and spiritual questions involving the very manner we understand and define who we are and who we should be as humans. As they develop strong ethical awareness and expectations with respect to societal issues raised by NS and AI, they would thus contribute to changes in policy making and ethical regulation, support for regulatory political efforts, ethical entrepreneurship (notably through consumer choices), and methodological inspiration.

Ethical capacity-building and societal reflection

To progress toward this overarching objective, NHNAI will trigger ethical capacity-building by initiating and facilitating, in the countries of each partnering universities, a well-informed and integral societal reflection around the question of humanism at the time of NS and AI. During NHNAI’s first cycle of operation, collective reflection and debate will focus upon humanism at the time of NS and AI within three topics of application: education, health and democracy.

During this 2022-2025 period, NHNAI will in 3 main phases. Year 2022 will be devoted to the gathering of insights from academic experts (knowledge and questions experts believe as relevant for societal reflection) as well as to the design of the ground material to facilitate societal debates. Societal debates per se will happen in two waves between January 2023 and April 2024. Contributions to these waves of collective reflection will be analyzed and synthesized, leading to the elaboration of a white paper on bottom-up recommendations for ethical guidelines and policymaking (to be issued and disseminated in 2025).

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