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The Observatory on Society and Artificial Intelligence

Observing the impact of AI across Europe

An observatory is a special place where people can observe and study astronomical or terrestrial objects thanks to the particular equipment and conditions it can offer. Similarly, the European Observatory on Society and Artificial Intelligence (OSAI) aims at offering a selected set of tools that help people to better understand and study the impact of AI technologies across the European Union.


Specifically, the Observatory supports the distribution and the discussion of knowledge about the Ethical, Legal, Socio-Economic and Cultural issues of AI (ELSEC-AI) within Europe. Our aim is to create a space for promoting a broad understanding and a free, honest dialogue about those issues among experts and lay people. For this reason, we propose regular and accessible contributions thanks to a wide network of specialists in various fields (AI, ethics, law, economics, sociology, and philosophy) and organisations operating in the domain of ELSEC-AI.


More details on the aims and functions of the Observatory can be found in the AI4EU deliverable D5.1.



Types of contributions

At present the Observatory includes four sections:

  • Articles: they can be working paper presenting original ideas that are open to feedbacks, short articles on recent activities dealing with ELSEC-AI (e.g. new laws, facts, events, etc.), a discussion of a case study, a domain-specific concept explained by relevant experts or blurred notions explained from different disciplinary perspectives.
  • Reports: brief summaries of documents issued by governments, companies or independent organisations that share investigations, strategies, frameworks or plans concerning the implications of AI
  • Reviews: a commentary of recent books or timeless masterpieces that relate to AI and its impact on humans.
  • Art: brief descriptions of recent or upcoming exhibitions or performances regarding AI and its relations to human beings.

The Team

The Team

  • ulises

    Ulises Cortés


  •  Luc Steels  UVE/UPF

    Luc Steels


  •  Virginia Dignum  UMU

    Virginia Dignum


  •  Atia Cortés  BSC

    Atia Cortés


  •  Teresa Scantamburlo  UVE

    Teresa Scantamburlo


  •  Juan Carlos Nieves  UMU

    Juan Carlos Nieves


  • Raja Chatila

    Raja Chatila



  • Cristian Barrué

    Cristian Barrué


  • Francesca Foffano

    Francesca Foffano