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The Artificial Intelligence and Society discussion group is an interdisciplinary group, set up to discuss the social and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our members are drawn from several departments at the University of Otago, including Computer Science, Information Science, Philosophy, Law, Economics, Psychology, Zoology, Linguistics, and HEDC (the Higher Education Development Centre). The group has over 40 members; some of those who have given presentations are shown below.


  • Our main current activity is a regular seminar series. This page holds a record of the seminars that have taken place.
    If you would like to be on the mailing list for these seminars, please contact Alistair Knott (alik at cs dot otago dot ac dot nz)
  • Some of our members also run a project on Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand, funded by the NZ Law Foundation. The project runs from 2017 to 2019.


Introductory seminars

Seminars surveying the state of the art in AI, and prospects for the near future

Seminars introducing some frameworks for discussing AI technologies

Seminars on recent developments in AI ethics / AI and society

Seminars on 'Strong AI'


AI and semiautomated control

AI approaches to Ethics

  • Seminar 17: Some Social Implications of Intelligent Systems and Affective/Pervasive Computing (Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London)

Uses of AI in elections

AI and employment

AI in the criminal justice system

Explainable/trustable/verified AI

Papers presenting the group's discussions