• Laura Gavrilut

URBANAGE project and the challenges related to the adoption of disruptive technologies

The ETAPAS project organized a workshop on Disruptive technologies in the Public Sector on April 30th. The workshop was a great opportunity to have policy makers, researchers and practitioners discussing the challenges of disruptive technologies in public sector. Furthermore the ethical, social and legal repercussions of these technologies were discussed. During this workshop was presented the “ETAPAS Code of Conduct”.

URBANAGE, through its Coordinator (Dr. Roberto Di Bernardo), participated in the session dedicated to the implementation of ethical AI in (smart) cities. URBANAGE presented its main goals and areas of application in the two cities involved (Helsinki and Santander) and in the Region of Flanders. During the workshop, URBANAGE drove the attention towards the urban planning practices, where the use of disruptive technologies (for evidence-based decision-making processes) is still untapped and its impact has not been assessed yet. Talking about aging-friendly cities, specific ethical concerns were highlighted, in particular bias and discriminations that can be introduced by skepticisms and stereotypes.

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