Administrative Information

Title Introduction to Human-Centered AI
Duration 60
Module A
Lesson Type Lecture
Focus Ethical
Topic Ethics of AI


Technology Regulation, Social Control of Technology, Technological lock-in, Future of Labor, Machine Ethics, Moral inclusion of machines, IEEE P7000,AIA

Learning Goals

Learner understands the motivations of AI Ethics studies.
Learner is aware of AI's lock-in potential.
Learner understands the historical context of modern technology regulation.
Evil AI Cartoon on Machine Ethics

Expected Preparation

Learning Events to be Completed Before

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Optional for Students

Any sources on the history of 20th-century technology.

Background for Students

  • AI Ethics (Coeckelbergh): Introduction
  • EU AI Act Text
  • Text of IEEE P7000-2021

Recommended for Teachers

Instructions for Teachers

Topics to cover

  • History of social control of technology from WWII until the present time (15mins)
    • Why society wants to control more and more what engineers are doing
  • Why is it urgent now? (10mins)
    • A short history of AI and recent breakthroughs
  • The current wave of legislation and ethical guidelines (10mins)
    • Such as EU AIA, IEEE P70xx, OECD, UNESCO, WEF…
  • Why is this master important? (10mins)
    • Systematically learning about the ethics of AI
  • Short overview of the master HCAIM/Module A (15mins)
    • Goal: what will they know at the end, which capabilities will they practise, etc
    • What topics will be discussed during the course?
Moral Self-Consideration by an AI (Evil AI Cartoons)

Lecture Videos

Further reading and overview of technology regulation

The ethical issues around AI are numerous and diverse.

These problems generated an especially large amount of attention from various groups, like policymakers, industry bodies, practitioners and the general public.

The most important de-jure or proto-de-jure and soft law outcomes of this attention are the following:

Some of the more important supporting theoretical documents:

Some derivative works with normative intent:


The Human-Centered AI Masters programme was Co-Financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union Under Grant №CEF-TC-2020-1 Digital Skills 2020-EU-IA-0068.

The materials of this learning event are available under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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