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ELSA lab

ELSA labs are participatory and inclusive quadruple helix innovation environments. Here, parties work together on an equal footing in tackling societal and business challenges. The ELSA lab generates societal impact by the integration of societal goals in AI (re)design from the start. In our ELSA lab, multiple case studies are therefore conducted, integrating Ethical, Legal and Social aspects in the continuous (re)design of AI for Sustainable Food Systems. We study the technologies in their context of use, so as to keep an eye on social arrangements, applicable to the commercial use in business contracts, and so advancing the required governmental guidelines and laws. This ELSA lab enables to identify what choices can be safely and responsibly delegated to AI and which role is left for humans. It also highlights which ethical, legal, and social aspects should be incorporated in the technological design and how economic, societal, and environmental values have to be balanced in the design. Additionally, an ELSA lab recognizes preferred ways to shape those relationships, together with various stakeholders. The ELSA lab develops research services in collaboration with the partners in our network, founded in academic research and literature. An ELSA scan serves to identify the ELSA aspects related to an AI design or application. Common ELSA themes and a step-by-step strategy with activities help stakeholders to reflect on their AI design and to start a dialogue with other stakeholders. To support this reflection and dialogue there are also several learning materials offered. The pop-up ELSA labs are social labs, where stakeholders are invited to experiment with possible ways to address ELSA aspects of (future) AI applications. These experimental interactive activities on ELSA aspects of an AI design support the reflective dialogue about this with stakeholders.