Socrates seminar

  • Date:
    3-6 October, 2019
  • Location:
    Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Deadline
    1 October, 2019

Unlocking the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

Recent breakthroughs in the development of artificial intelligence is generating ever more excitement among the tech community, academia and broader audiences. While AI will undoubtedly unlock significant societal benefits and opportunities, like any transformative technology, it also presents new challenges and risks. Governments around the world are exploring policy and regulatory approaches to ensure the benefits of AI are widely shared while addressing concerns around safety, privacy and security, ethics, job automation, intellectual property and other potentially negative implications of the technology.

This seminar will use these issues as a backdrop to examine considerations for the ethical development and application of AI technology. We will also explore how the technical underpinnings of recent developments in AI have the potential to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, while also creating new challenges.

Moderator: Wilson White, Director of the Public Policy & Government Relations Team at Google.

Wilson L. White is a Director on the Public Policy & Government Relations team at Google, where he is the global policy lead for Google’s Android, Hardware and Ads businesses. He also is responsible for managing the company’s public policy strategies for emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, FinTech, and IoT. With more than 15 years of experience as an engineer and technology attorney, Wilson has used his multidisciplinary background and expertise to provide lawmakers, regulators and other key opinion formers across the Americas, Europe and Asia with thought leadership on the rapidly growing and changing mobile landscape and the societal implications of emerging technologies.
Wilson is an angel investor with a track record of representing inventors and advising start-up ventures. Since 2015, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the University’s technology entrepreneurship program. He received a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from NC State University and a Juris Doctor from University of North Carolina School of Law.


Held in partnership with the Aspen Institute Kyiv, the Socrates Ukraine Seminar will take place from October 3 to October 6, 2019. Socrates international seminars include three seminar sessions, program meals, and local excursions/tours.

Seminar tuition is $2,000, which includes lodging, materials, meals, and an excursion in Kyiv, Ukraine. Tuition does not include travel.

Aspen Institute Kyiv jointly with Socrates Program of the Aspen Institute (USA) introduced Socrates Seminars to Ukraine. Socrates Seminars provide a forum for emerging leaders from various professions to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue. Socrates also provides the opportunity for participants to enter a diverse professional network, and into the broader range of the Aspen Institute’s programs. Socrates Seminars in Kyiv convened participants from France, Germany, Japan, Romania, Spain, USA, Ukraine.

Three Socrates Seminars took place in Kyiv during 2015-2017 involving more than 70 leaders of business, public service and civil society.