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METAVERSE-Summer Course on Artificial Intelligence and Technology

2-8 JULY 2023

ELGS /IHU SUMMER ACADEMY ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Thematic 2023: METAVERSE Ethical, Economic and Legal Challenges

In collaboration with the International Hellenic University.

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.

Dive into the exciting world of the Metaverse: Join the Summer Academy that is taking place in Thessaloniki in cooperation with the Hellenic International University and explore the ethical, economic, and legal challenges we are facing as a consequence  of the rapidly evolving technology. Our academy is designed for students, professionals, and anyone interested in the Metaverse and its impact on society. You’ll learn from leading experts in the field, who will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the technology, its potential, and its challenges.

Despite the growing popularity of the Metaverse, the concept is still unclear to many and we are still in the metaverse’s early days. Many are forecasting what the metaverse means for the future, despite not everybody being quite on board yet. In fact, in 2022 Facebook renamed itself “Meta” and CEO Mark Zuckerberg envisions that a billion people will one day be in the metaverse spending lots of money and it will generate revenue from selling virtual services and products.

But what is the metaverse, how does it work and which are its crucial ethical, economic and legal aspects? The metaverse brings with it a variety of controversies and concerns, real-world problems, safety and privacy concerns. Among others, all these issues relating to Metaverse are going to be analyzed in depth, while light will be spread on “Metaverse” in a holistic way.

Programme Structure / Working hours

The lectures will be live and will take place, in Thessaloniki, during the first week of July 2023 (between the 2nd and the 8th of July 2023). More specifically, for the period of 1 week, 6 lectures will be offered from Monday 3 July to Saturday 9 July (10.00a.m.-12.00 p.m. & 12.10-14.00 p.m.). Along with the lectures, the program includes some further activities; the participants will be given the opportunity to participate to educational visits.

The program includes lectures, case studies, and interactive discussions on the following topics:

  1. What is the Metaverse?- Challenges for the Computer Science
  2. Legal issues in the Metaverse
  3. Ethical dimensions and individual rights
  4. The gaming industry and the Metaverse
  5. The economic impact of the Metaverse
  6. Intellectual Property and the Metaverse

The detailed program will be announced soon.

Schedule

♦Welcome event – Initiation of Summer Academy works:

Sunday 2 July 2023: 12.00-14.30

♦Courses:

Monday July 3 – Saturday July 8: 10.00-14.00

Is addressed to:

The program is open to graduate students and PhD researchers from various disciplines such as Philosophy, Law, Computer Science providing them with a basic background on the metaverse, but it is also aimed at senior researchers, policy analysts, lawyers and legal experts, civil servants, members of organizations of civil society, AI practitioners and other professionals interested in expanding their understanding of AI and its impact on society.

Applications:

Applicants should submit an updated CV and letter of interest in English to summerschools@elgs.eu or contact us at +30 211 311 0 671 by the end of May 2023.

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to all attendees who have fulfilled all requirements.

Accommodation and Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are 150 € (non-refundable). The fees will cover:

  • Participation in the Summer Academy
  • Welcome Social Event on the Induction Day (2nd of July)
  • Transportation from the International Hellenic University to a Company (educational visit)
  • Goodbye Social Event (Dinner) (8th of July)

All participants are responsible for covering travel costs from their home cities to Thessaloniki and other everyday expenses. Participants will have to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. Participants can choose accommodation from a variety of options, with prices starting from 240 € for the whole week.

Venue

• The program takes place in Thessaloniki. Venue to be announced soon.

Thessaloniki is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture, perfect for a summer academy. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the city and enjoy the Mediterranean sea, while also gaining valuable knowledge about the Metaverse.