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Urgent need to address ethics of artificial intelligence

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Yojana Sharma03 July 2018Issue No:513

Students and researchers must be better prepared to deal with ethical issues in the use of big data, robotics, artificial intelligence and other technologies so that such research and applications are not used for nefarious purposes, including weapons of war, a conference of Pacific Rim university presidents heard least week in Taipei, Taiwan. 

“We have to be very careful that artificial intelligence isn’t stained by a very unfortunate use of the technology to decide to kill people,” said Toby Walsh, professor of artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of New South Wales, Australia, speaking at the conference of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

The conference, entitled ‘Our digital future in a divided world’ and held on 24-26 June in Taipei, was attended by some 100 delegates from Asia and the Pacific, Australasia, and North and South America, 30 of them university presidents, rectors or vice-chancellors.

“One of the strong arguments around why we need to worry today about the potential use of AI in warfare is because we don’t know how to build machines that can deal with the ethical responsibility of who lives and who dies,” Walsh said.

05 July 2018
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Universities ‘key to bridging global digital divide’

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Yojana Sharma28 June 2018Issue No:512

Taipei, June 28, 2018 — Universities will be key in bridging new emerging ‘digital divides’ within countries and globally in the era of innovation driven by artificial intelligence and other new technologies, a conference organised by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) heard this week.

‘Our Digital Future in a Divided World’, the APRU conference held in Taipei, Taiwan, from 24-26 June, was attended by over 100 delegates, almost 30 of them presidents of Pacific Rim universities, which includes Australasia, Asia, North and South America.

Universities will have a key role in building more cross-disciplinary research to ensure the benefits of artificial intelligence can reach all populations and not just certain groups, the conference heard.

29 June 2018
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APRU Presidents Approve Statement to Address "Our Digital Future in a Divided World"

Taipei, June 26, 2018 — Univeristy Presidents of APRU vote to approve a Presidential Statement as a commitment to action on issues raised by "Our Digital Future in a Divided World."

Please see the statement below:



As a consortium of leading research universities of the highly diverse Asia-Pacific region, APRU universities, we are committed to promoting the public good locally and globally.

While each university faces challenges in its own context, APRU universities acknowledge the similarity of many issues across national borders and appreciate the significance of addressing regional and global challenges of increasing cultural parochialism and institutional complexity.

By providing world class environments that facilitate teaching, learning, research and social inclusion, we translate leading-edge research and produce the next generation of leaders to address the challenges of the 21st century.

29 June 2018
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Presidents of the Top Asia-Pacific Universities Address the Challenges of the Digital Future

Taipei, June 24, 2018 — Thought leaders from academia, business, and public policy have begun to arrive today in Taipei for the 22nd APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting.

Chaired by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and hosted by National Taiwan University (NTU) the meeting’s theme is “Our Digital Future in a Divided World”, the three-day APM will focus on the state of play in this fast-evolving digital landscape and analyzing the deriving opportunities and risks for research universities. 16 invited speakers and over 77 delegates from 17 economies will provide overviews of critical developments and frame urgent questions for artificial intelligence and data science.

24 June 2018
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Universities and our digital future in a divided world

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Yojana Sharma15 June 2018Issue No:510

Over a hundred delegates, including 30 university presidents, will attend the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) conference entitled ‘Our digital future in a divided world’, being held at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, “to consider the fundamental pressures on university leadership in terms of the major themes affecting higher education and research. The digital future is one, and the inequality in the world is another”, says Christopher Tremewan, APRU secretary general.

“We’re not just talking about the digital divide, but a world divided socio-economically and in international relations.”

15 June 2018
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Analysis: how can Asia create equality for women at work?

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CIPD - Experts bemoan wasted economic opportunity caused by lack of progression and representation

13 Jun 2018 - Jens Kastner

Asian economies may already be dynamic by global standards. But economists and other experts agree on one key point – they could be given an even bigger boost if women were empowered and offered equal opportunities in the workplace.

Illustrating just how much potential there is, the latest report from the McKinsey Global Institute found that advancing women’s equality in Asia could add US$4.5 trillion to collective regional GDP annually by 2025 – a 12 per cent increase over what it called the “business-as-usual trajectory”.

13 June 2018
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