The Age of Algorithms

Event: Workshop

Location: NEC conference hall & Zoom

20 June 2024, 10.30-18.00 (Bucharest time)

Conveners: Cristian DUCU, Andreea EȘANU, Răzvan NICOLESCU, Andrei SIPOȘ

Welcome remarks: Valentina SANDU-DEDIU


Keynote Speaker

Alexandru BĂLĂȘESCU, Roxana BRATU, Richard DAVID-RUS, Alexandru DRAGOMIR, Cristian DUCU, Andreea EȘANU, Răzvan NICOLESCU, Elena POPA


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 845 3167 9968
Passcode: 799555


The aim of this multidisciplinary workshop is to address and explore various dimensions of what we may now call “the age of algorithms”. From large language models already proven to be able to complete tasks of human-level complexity, to smart devices capable to make expert decisions in specialized fields like medicine or healthcare, and social media algorithms that filter every bit of information and shape our preferences online, algorithms have become an indispensable part of our world – with the good, but also with the bad, the risks, the uncertainty.



10:20 Opening remarks: Valentina Sandu-Dediu (Rector of New Europe College)

10:30 Invited talk: Tom Sterkenburg
The Epistemic Core of Machine Learning

11:30 Richard David-Rus, Elena Popa
Understanding in the Context of AI

12:00 Andreea Eșanu
Scrutinizing the Foundations: could large language models be solipsistic?

12:30 Alexandru Bălășescu
Data, Facts, Reality: a history of our belief in numbers

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 Elena Popa
Trust in AI as Trust in Institutions

15:00 Răzvan Nicolescu
AI trustworthiness. Can we fix it?

15:30 Roxana Bratu
Algorithmic deception: Political reconfiguration of public-private relationships

16:00 Coffee break

16:15 Alexandru Dragomir
On the Possibility of Artificial Moral Experts

16:45 Cristian Ducu, Chiara Wüller
Crime in Metaverse. A Scenario-based Taxonomy of Crimes and Other Serious Crimes

17:15 Round table


The Age of Algorithms Workshop is an event focused on inter-disciplinary aspects of artificial intelligence, organized jointly by the New Europe College, Bucharest and the Institute for Logic and Data Science, with the generous support of BRD – Groupe Société Générale.

This workshop is supported by a grant of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, CNCS/CCCDI – UEFISCDI, project number PN-IV-P8-8.1-PRE-HE-ORG-2023-0055, within PNCDI IV.