HUMAN+: Human Centric Approaches to Technological Innovation
Recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have raised profound questions about the impact of new technologies on the future of modern society. The more immersive and engaging technology becomes, the more our relationship with technology and what it means to be human is coming under scrutiny. As society applies technology to recover from global events that trigger a paradigm shift in human thinking and behaviour, such as Covid-19, it becomes clear that the fundamental issues we face today cannot be solved by one discipline, industry or approach alone. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, will address this through HUMAN+, which will connect computer science researchers with arts and humanities researchers and enterprises to forge a human-centric approach to technological development.
HUMAN+ will recruit 18 experienced researchers over 2 calls, each for a duration of two years. Through multidisciplinary supervision, industry participation by way of workshops and mandatory secondments, HUMAN+ fellows will gain inter-sectoral experience contributing to their capacity to tackle societal challenges relating to the areas outlined above. Non-academic partners involved in the programme include Nokia Bell Labs, Accenture Human Insight Lab, EPIC- the Irish Emigration Museum, Fidelity and Ancestry.com.
As part of the fellows’ training, HUMAN+ will participate in a ‘Future Lab’ which will bring the fellows together to test, learn, invent and build solutions in response to problems set by our industry leader partners. HUMAN+ is jointly developed by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute and ADAPT, Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Digital Content Innovation.
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