E-tika podcast – How to regulate digital technologies

Season 2, Episode 4 – Disruptive digital technologies are accompanied with many new opportunities for our society. However, they may also present us with new risks that have not yet been thoroughly explored.

It is therefore questionable how they can be effectively regulated, for example by the state and public institutions. We will therefore look together at how and when it makes sense to regulate new technologies in a sensible way.

In today’s episode you will learn:

  • Whether the European Union and Slovakia have confidence in the ability of technology companies to adequately address these risks through self-regulation.
  • Who should control the tech giants, the big online platforms, or the overall providers of high-risk AI systems.
  • The extent to which government officials need to understand the technologies they are trying to steer.

Our guest is Tomas Jucha. Tomáš is the director of the Department for Digital Policies and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic, where he works on setting policies for the Digital Single Market, developing international cooperation on the digital agenda, as well as promoting the digital economy and the data economy. He is working to set up regulation of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence or supercomputing, to set up a responsible and beneficial process of digital transformation of Slovakia for society and individuals, and to develop digital skills. Within this framework, he is interested in creating strategic partnerships between public administration, private sector and academia in order to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and professional capacities in Slovakia.

The podcast is in Slovak.

About E-tika podcast

Digital and information technologies improve and simplify our lives. But they also raise new societal issues and challenges. We should discriminate between  the solutions that are technically possible and that are morally  good. Sometimes  we release a technology and only then we discover its effects on people and the society. But that may be too late. In the E-tika podcast we discuss with our guests the social and ethical dimensions of  digital technologies .

The E-tika podcast is produced by the multimedia center for contemporary culture, Nástupište 1-12, in cooperation with the Kempelen Institute of Intelligent Technologies. The project was supported from public funds by the “Fond na podporu umenia” fund.

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