IEEE SSIT Lecture: Automating Empathy in Human-AI Partnerships: Issues, Ethics and Governance


Prof Andrew McStay (Bangor University, UK) will present “Automating Empathy in Human-AI Partnerships: Issues, Ethics and Governance” at 6pm (UTC+1) / 1pm EDT on 10 September ’24. Click ( ( and SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT are cooperating with a number of IEEE OUs including: North Jersey Section SSIT Chapter; Northern Virginia/Baltimore/Washington SSIT Chapter; Bahrain Section SSIT Chapter; New Jersey Coast Section SIGHT; New Jersey Coast Section Jt. IM/Computer Society Chapter; Southeastern Michigan Section Computer Chapter; North Jersey Section: TEMS Chapter, Computer Chapter, Jt APS/MTT Chapter, WIE AG and SIGHT to organise this SSIT Lecture as a joint Webinar on 10 September ’24. Registration IEEE and SSIT Members as well as non-IEEE Members are invited to ( and participate. IEEE Members should include their IEEE Membership Number when registering. Access to online Meeting ( will be provided with the link prior to the event. Guest Lecture Focus This lecture considers General-Purpose Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) products marketed as ‘empathic partners’, ‘personal AI’, ‘co-pilots’, ‘assistants’, and related phrasing for ‘human-AI partnering’. Open AI, Inflection, Google, Microsoft, and others, all promise empathic capacities. Current and nascent domains of use include work, therapy, education, life coaching, legal problems, fitness, and entertainment. The lecture focuses on the risks and opportunities of empathic human-AI partnering, what new governance (if any) is required, and the role that soft law standards may play in leading in supporting hard law. To explore empathic human-AI partnering, the lecture will initially provide historical context to these technologies, case examples, and a sense of current governance for technologies used to empathise. With this understanding in place, the lecture will progress to consider need to contrast upstream and downstream understandings of GPAI, complexities of this separation for governance, balancing of short and long-term risks, social and ethical questions unique to empathic human-AI partnering, issues of global cultural variation regarding empathic human-AI partnering, balancing of interests of ethical diversity and unity in creation of soft law and standards, and lessons that can be learned from existing and nascent P7000 standards. Speaker(s): Prof. Andrew McStay, Agenda: 18:00 (UTC+1) / 13:00 (EDT) Welcome and Introduction to Guest Speaker 18:05 Lecture 18:45 Questions and Discussions Virtual: