The start of a new international research community: HHAI Conference 2022’
Breaking ground as the first international conference on Hybrid Human Artificial Intelligence, HHAI22 held its first-ever in-person meeting in Amsterdam in the summer of 2022, establishing the beginnings of an international research community. ADS contributed to the conference by hosting a Meetup around the topic of Hybrid Intelligence.
Organised by the Dutch Hybrid Intelligence Centre and the European HumaneAI Network, HHAI22 gathered students and academics at the Vrije Universiteit for a lively week of research events, including a Hackathon, paper presentations, talks, Q&As, demo sessions and networking events. Talks from Paul Lukowicz, Wendy Mackay and other industry experts highlighted building human-computer partnerships and the importance of creating trust and transparency when designing interactive AI systems. The main take-home of the event? Enhance human intelligence with AI – don’t replace it.
CWI spin-off company DuckDB Labs helped create startup MotherDuck which aims to connect DuckDB to the cloud. MotherDuck sports some big names: its CEO is Jordan Tigani, founding engineer at Google’s BigQuery, Google’s fully managed data analysis platform. A big part of the $47.5 million funding comes from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm, specialized in technology startups.
There are legal rules and ethical frameworks, but little or no practical guidance on responsible design. In her inaugural lecture “System error, please restart”, Nanda Piersma argues what ‘responsible’ means and how we can carry out the (further) development of IT systems in such a way that it also earns our trust.
Computer Science at the VU may become a victim of its own success. To be able to handle the situation, next year the department will introduce a numerus fixus as well as other measures.