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NOVE’s Bubbling Up takes on artificial intelligence
On March 22, NOVE’s Bubbling Up held its third event at NOVE’s offices in the Hôtel Tassel. After a first event on fake news and a second one on trade, this third edition was dedicated to the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI).
This edition featured Andrés Álvarez Fernandez from the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies of the European Commission, who gave participants an update on the Group’s recently published report in Artifical Intelligence Review, while providing insight into the ethical issues surrounding AI, robotics and autonomous systems.
Various AI-themed activites included a photo booth, an AI chatbot demonstrating interactive conversations, guessing games involving human and machine generated art and poetry, and the now classic Bubbling Up activity: “fact or fake” cards to test our guests’ knowledge on the subject.
The Bubbling Up team would like to thank our speaker Andrés Álvarez Fernandez and all attendees for participating in this third successful event, and look forward to seeing you again at the next edition which will take place before the summer 2018.
All pictures taken during the evening by the team or by attendees with the Photobooth will be available on our Facebook group.
Organised by NOVE, Bubbling Up is a regular gathering of young professionals in public policy to exchange ideas on topical issues of the day. Bubbling Up’s events are based on the idea that it is not in the conference hall that our minds are made up, but at the bar or the buffet table – in conversation with our peers.
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On 22 November, the Bubbling Up team held its second event at NOVE’s offices in the Hôtel Tassel. Following on from our first event, held in May and on the topic of fake news, the theme of the evening was trade – who we trade with, what we trade with them, and how trade policy is developed in the EU.
The event was well attended by a broad cross-section of young, Brussels-based professionals. The Bubbling Up team was pleased to see participants from the public and private sector, as well as from inside and outside of the “EU Bubble”. The room buzzed with all things trade-related, as attendees enjoyed a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
As usual, the team prepared some interactive games related to the theme, with participants for example casting their votes as to who is the most important EU trade partner for avocados, as well as attempting to separate truth from fiction on our “fact or fake” cards.
This edition featured mini-interviews with young professionals in the trade policy field. Kinga Malinowska (European Commission Spokesperson Service) gave us some insight into her role in sharing the news of trade policy with European media, while Robin Huguenot-Noël (European Policy Centre) spoke about life in the think-tank world. Francesco Cerutti (Office of MEP Alessia Mosca) offered some interesting perspectives on the work of the European Parliament on trade.
The Bubbling Up team would like to thank speakers and participants for making this event such a success. With so much going on in the Brussels bubble, we are already brainstorming our next event – watch this space!
Bubbling Up is a coming-together of young professionals in public policy who gather to exchange ideas and opinions on topical issues of the day. Bubbling Up’s regular events are based on the idea that it is not in the conference hall that our minds are made up, but at the bar or the buffet table – in conversation with our peers.
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