Raul Garcia Hemonnet
Coinciding with the National Holiday of Ecuador, this Thursday, May 24, the conversation 'Artificial Intelligence without Ethics, a time bomb?' took place at Casa América in Madrid.
The vice-rector for Teacher Training and Teaching Innovation, Antonio López Galisteo participated in a dialogue in which Artificial Intelligence was addressed mainly from an educational and security point of view.
López Galisteo explained that, “from the teaching point of view, generative Artificial Intelligence (which examples such as ChatGPT and others represent) can generate great advances in the acquisition of skills among our students. We are looking at how to implement it, something that will involve training both teachers and students”.
But Galisteo also highlighted that, for teachers, Artificial Intelligence, "finally, can allow the teacher to focus on worrying about proposing new methodologies in the classroom." This type of technology could solve processes of evaluation and updating of the content taught, tasks that require a large amount of time on the part of teachers.
The vice-chancellor stressed that before the appearance of this technology “we have to generate in our students a critical spirit before the information that reaches them. You have to investigate and go deeper than a headline or a 'tweet', or an answer offered by ChatGPT”.
Among the main conclusions after the dialogue, all the participants agreed that it is still far from a general AI (one that is aware of what it says or does). In addition, attention was drawn to the criminal uses of Artificial Intelligence, such as the so-called 'deep fakes' and the need to regulate the use of data, the raw material of Artificial Intelligence.
In this sense, López Galisteo indicated that, in the university, "it is necessary to create a safe environment for the student body when they use these generative AI tools, a secure structure so that the data that the students enter into them does not constitute sensitive information in the hands of of the companies”.
All the interlocutors pointed out, on the other hand, that the regulation of the use of technology and the data it requires, as well as the elimination of biases that are generated (race, sex, age, social class), constitute the main challenges of in order to create a safe Artificial Intelligence for citizens, while moving towards general AI.
In addition to the vice-rector of the URJC, the following took part in the colloquium: Trinidad Jiménez, director of Global Strategy for Telefónica Spain and former minister, and María Piedad Álvarez de Arriba, commissioner of the Cyber Crime Unit of the Madrid National Police.
By participating in this forum, the URJC once again demonstrates its interest and commitment to the great technological and social changes that are taking place today.