Observing the impact of AI across Europe

An observatory is a special place where people can observe and study astronomical or terrestrial objects thanks to the particular equipment and conditions it can offer. Similarly, the AI4EU Observatory on Society and Artificial Intelligence (OSAI) aims at offering a selected set of tools that help people to better understand and study the impact of AI technologies across the European Union.

Specifically, the Observatory supports the distribution and the discussion of knowledge about the Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural issues  of AI (ELSEC AI) within Europe. Our aim is to promote a broad discussion of ELSEC AI and create fruitful conversations around these issues among experts from different fields. Also, the AI4EU OSAI tries to disseminate information about different ELSEC AI initiatives around Europe through networking activities and regular publications of short articles on the AI4EU website.

More details on the aims and functions of the Observatory can be found in the AI4EU deliverable D5.1.

Types of contributions

At present, the Observatory hosts the following types of contents:

  • Articles can include working papers presenting original ideas that are open to feedbacks, short articles on recent activities dealing with Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural issues of AI (e.g. new laws, facts, events, etc.), case studies, research surveys, domain-specific concepts explained by relevant experts or blurred notions explained from different disciplinary perspectives
  • Reports are brief summaries of documents issued by governments, companies or independent organisations that share investigations, strategies, frameworks or plans concerning the implications of AI
  • Centres are public or private organisations working on Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural issues of AI (ELSEC-AI) based in Europe
  • Networks are international partnerships or forums addressing ELSEC-AI topics involving European countries

How to contribute

The Observatory team welcomes contributions on Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic, and Cultural issues of AI within Europe. Usually articles range between 500 to 1000 words but longer contributions can be considered as well. We prefer the use of a non-formal language, suitable for a large audience. Examples of past articles are available on the AI4EU platform. To contribute or ask more specific questions contact  osai@unive.it