Friday 27 July 2018

New Report "Artificial Intelligence and Human Development: Toward a Research Agenda"

Artificial Intelligence and Human Development: Toward a Research Agenda
by Matthew Smith, & Sujaya Neupane, International Development Research Center, Canada, 2018.

Abstract: Like most new technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to exacerbate existing problems, reinforce structural inequalities, and superimpose biases. This paper proposes a proactive research agenda for the ethical and equitable application of AI in the Global South, drawn from a broad overview of technologies associated with AI capabilities, and the opportunities and challenges they present. Three areas are identified in which action can be taken: policies and regulations; inclusive and ethical AI applications; and infrastructure and skills. Within each area, the paper makes recommendations for research necessary to make concrete progress.

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Call for Indo-Japanese Joint Project on "Establishment of Young Researcher Fellowship Programme 2018-19" | INSA-JSPS Fellowship

Call for Indo-Japanese Joint Project on "Establishment of Young Researcher Fellowship Programme 2018-19" 

INSA-JSPS Fellowship

Statement on behalf of Inter Academy Panel on Ethics in Science

Statement on behalf of Inter Academy Panel on Ethics in Science 
(This panel is constituted jointly by three science academies, namely, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences, India)

When we became an independent republic, our founding fathers adopted the Constitution of India which demands that its citizens abide by and uphold reason and scientific temper. Scientific temper encompasses rationality, rights and responsibility in equal measure.
It crystallizes what Tagore wanted India to be, namely, a nation

Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action,
Into that heaven of freedom;
let my country awake.

Yet, we note with sadness and growing anxiety several of statements and actions which run counter to this constitutional requirement of every citizen of India. It is important that exemplary punishment be given to such trespassers of reason and rights. We also appeal to all sections of Indian society to raise their voices against such violated acts, so that they are nipped in the bud.

Monday 16 July 2018

Call for Applications: 5th IndiaLICS Training Programme on Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply" – Leonardo da Vinci
5th IndiaLICS Training Programme on Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development
14-19 September 2018 |  Mohali (near Chandigarh), Punjab

Call for Applications
Applications from research scholars and early career faculty members are invited for the 5th IndiaLICS training program on Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development to be held in LM Thapar School of Management, Mohali (near Chandigarh), Punjab. The programme intends to expose the participants to various issues and methods in the sphere of research on innovation systems and sustainable development.
IndiaLICS is the India chapter of Globelics, an international network of scholars who apply the concept of Learning, Innovation and Competence-building System (LICS) as a framework for promoting inclusive and sustainable development in developing countries, emerging economies and societies in transition ( IndiaLICS pro-actively promotes domestic/ national and global exchange of scholarship in innovation systems and the translation of innovation to development outcomes. 
The programme would admit 25 participants. Candidates from SC/ST, minority and women are especially encouraged to apply. The course is residential with full support for travel (2nd AC train fares) and local hospitality for outstation participants. 
The scholars may apply by sending (a) duly filled application form, downloadable from (b) a detailed CV and (c) an extended abstract/ synopsis (1000 words) of their current research work by email to (Coordinator–IndiaLICS) or (Coordinator–CSIS).
The last date for receiving applications is 5th August 2018.
  • Centre for Sustainability Innovations & Strategy (CSIS), LM Thapar School of Management, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Dera-Bassi Campus, Dera Bassi-140507, Mohali (SAS Nagar), Punjab, India; Mobile: +91-9478374656.
  • Centre for Development Economics & Innovation Studies (CDEIS), Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, Punjab, India; Mobile: +91-9888755642.