Ethics & AI

Chair productions: Chair productions: Ethics & AI chair, labeled within the framework of the Grenoble MIAI institute, is both anchored in philosophy (research unit affiliation: Grenoble Institute of Philosophy, UGA), and firmly multidisciplinary insofar as it includes members from the following disciplines: computer science, robotics, cognitive and clinical psychology, information and communication sciences, management sciences. It aims at a better understanding of the social, moral and political stakes involved in AI’s deployment, as well as determining ethical rules for a democratic AI, in connection with its economic and social partners.

The Ethics & AI chair aims at developing a philosophical understanding of Artificial Intelligence, through research, training and valorisation. It is anchored in Philosophy and reflects the activities of the Institut de Philosophie de Grenoble (IPhiG), a research unit of Grenoble Alpes University. These activities include meta-ethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law and philosophy of cognition. This variety of viewpoints grants the Chair a potential for in-depth research into subjects to which the relations between ethics and AI give rise today. The Chair’s project leader, who is specialized in public ethics and philosophy of innovation, oversees the productive interaction of this variety of perpsectives. The chair contributes to the "Ethics and Society" pillar of MIAI, and maintains a close relationship with the research carried out in the institute’s other pillars. Researchers in computer science are thus invited to sit on the Chair's Scientific Steering Committee. Through the initiatives and projects it develops, the Chair also brings together researchers from other disciplines from the human and social sciences (such as clinical and social psychology, information and communication sciences, management sciences and marketing).

The Chair intends to take up 5 scientific challenges:

  1. What is intelligence (natural, human) in and for artificial intelligence?
  2. What kind of society "is being promoted through AI"?
  3. What are the most relevant procedures, rules and values for both the design and the practices and uses of AI?
  4. What is the right perspective for determining a "democratic" AI?
  5. What incidence does AI have on (the state of the art of) ethics?


Internal seminars


  • Organisation (by T. Reigeluth & Th. Ménissier) of the colloquium "IA: What to do with technical transparency? ", 8-9 October 2020, Grenoble: call for papers in progress.

Invited lectures

  • 22/01/20: Invited lecture Alexei Grinbaum (CEA Saclay): "Robots and evil":

  • Being organized for autumn 2020: Invited lecture by Antonio Casilli (Télécom Paris and Centre Edgar-Morin, EHESS).


  • 27/05/20, workshop on "computer science and theology", around Mark Alizart's book, Informatique céleste (PUF, 2016), in the presence of the authors.

Chair events