HEDY project

HEDY Life in the AI Era

November 2021 – November 2023

HEDY – Life in the AI era is a 2-year Erasmus+ project started in November 2021. In its own title, it provides tribute to Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian actress and inventor (1914-2000), co-creator of wireless communications technology, adopted to control torpedoes during World War II and currently still used in
mobile networks, Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi.

Hedy stands for being a free and accessible source of information regarding the digital technologies of the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), namely Artificial Intelligence (AI), by enlightening its possible positive future applications, whilst clarifying the possible impacts, including threats to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and democracy, being of “utmost importance that AI is discussed and that the public is informed if we are to embrace whatever opportunities it creates in a manner that is human-centred, ethical, secure, and true to European values” (EC, 2020). The main target (but not exclusive) of
this project is higher education audience.

Four specific objectives will be produced to reach this goal:

  • A Booklet – an essay defining the HEDY position on Life in the AI Era and the rationale for that position. It organizes the AI features and positive impacts, risks associated with certain uses and identifies challenges, opportunities and expected impacts with paradigmatic examples, offered in an engaging way to stimulate reflection and debate on knowledge society topics;
  • A Toolkit – a collection of influential audio-visual tools, showing how AI could tackle some of the world’s most challenging societal issues, as well as the risks to be mitigated if AI realizes its full potential, to be used flexibly to support learning and debate activities. It includes fictional and factual films & documentaries and expert speeches, of which five to be produced under Hedy;
  • A Massive Open Online Course(MOOC) – a course to promote extensive knowledge, critical reflection and debate on AI and its key impact on society. It will be free and open access for participants, with interactive forums. The course will be structured in 5 modules and authored by experts. Participants can share ideas and get deeply involved in AI subjects via a variety of online activities;
  • A Guideline – a concise and easy-to-read documentation explaining the nature of the HEDY learning resources, the best use of the assets produced and a glossary with key terms on AI related topics. It will help to create a solid foundation for ensuring the usability of the HEDY results by a wider community of practice network, even after the end of the project.

The first HEDY Multiplier Event was celebrated in Barcelona, May 16, 2022.

Video briefly presenting the HEDY project.

Video presenting the Booklet.

This workshop focused on validating the first result, namely the Booklet. It aimed at offering a comprehensive and shared view of how AI is affecting our lives and reshaping our socioeconomic, cultural, and human environments by promoting critical reflection, self-based learning and discussion on these issues. In this workshop, we presented the results of our two-fold approach to build our rationale about the challenges, opportunities and expected impact of AI on four topics: business, governance, skills/competencies, and people/lifestyle.

The workshop was located at Sala d’Actes del Vèrtex, Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona, Plaça d’Eusebi Gëull 6, Barcelona. Coordinates: 41.39063, 2.11392

Date: 05/16/2022
Hours: 9.30 – 13.30 (CET)