The Conference

Artificial Intelligence and Religion: AIR2020
Center for Religious Studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento
3-5 March 2020


The goal of the conference Artificial Intelligence and Religion - AIR2020 is to explore current interactions between research and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI) on the one hand, religious communities, institutions, practices, precepts, beliefs, and rites on the other.

AIR2020 will bring together researchers and scholars in artificial intelligence, religious studies, anthropology, economics, legal studies, philosophy, and sociology. Conference sections will cover

  • the role of religious vocabulary in popular AI narratives and techno-utopian or dystopian visions of human futures,
  • the involvement of religious actors in shaping current debates over AI governance,
  • the impact of AI technologies on freedom of religion or belief,
  • the value alignment problem for AI with regard to religiously grounded values,
  • and the discrepancy between non-expert perceptions of AI and the current state of the art in AI research, development and innovation.

The AIR2020 conference is embedded in the mission on religion and innovation of the Center for Religious Studies at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), as articulated in the Center's 2019 position paper, and it continues our 2018/19 workshop and lecture series Religion and Innovation, with a specific focus on innovations in AI and their impact on religion. Our position paper proposes a set of eleven recommendations concerning action research in religion and innovation that can benefit societal actors in their attempts to strengthen the interaction between religion and innovation. For an account of FBK-ISR’s work on religion and innovation please consult our booklet Religion & Innovation at FBK.

The conference is organised by the Center for Religious Studies (FBK-ISR) in collaboration with FBK's Center for Information and Communication Technology (FBK-ICT). 

Conference attendance is free. Please register here.

Travel grants for graduate students

The Center for Religious Studies is pleased to announce the availability of 5 competitive travel grants for graduate students. Apply here.


For further information about the conference please email to: AIR2020 at fbk.eu