Artificial Intelligence, ethics and the law: What challenges? What opportunities?

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer sci-fi. From driverless cars to the use of machine learning algorithms to improve healthcare services and the financial industry, AI and algorithms are shaping our daily practices, and a fast-growing number of fundamental aspects of our societies. This can lead to dangerous situations in which vital decision making is automated – for instance in credit scoring, or sentencing – but limited policies exist for citizens subject to such AI technologies embedded in our social institutions to seek redress. Similarly, well-intended technologists might release AI into society that is ethically unsound. A growing body of literature on improving the auditability and transparency of algorithms is being developed. Yet, more is needed to develop a shared understanding about the fundamental issues at the heart of the debate on AI, algorithms, the law, and ethics.

These issues taken together are leading to a renewed focus on, and increasing concern about, the ethical and legal impact of AI on our societies. In this panel we bring together five thought leaders on AI from the corporate sector, academia, politics, and civil society to discuss. We will hear from Paul Nemitz, Monica Beltrametti, Alan Winfield, Vidushi Marda and Sandra Wachter, the conversation will be moderated by Corinne Cath.


– Paul Nemitz – Director responsible for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission
– Monica Beltrametti – Director at NAVER Labs Europe
– Alan Winfield – Professor of Robot Ethics University of the West of England
– Sandra Wachter – Post-doctoral Researcher at Oxford Internet Institute and The Alan Turing Institute
– Vidushi Marda – Policy Advisor with NGO Article 19



Fair Ai says:

Very important dimensions captured. In fact, AI should not be categorised as a computer sciences subject anymore, rather an interdisciplinary area on its own right!

Josefina Magallanes says:

i wish the girl in the red shirt would have spoken clearly. what are you saying , "what do you think can be tackled?"

Josefina Magallanes says:

30:54 the woman in the plaid makes so much sense.

Josefina Magallanes says:

hind site is 20/20 , people are making shit so quickly and the red light isn't going to be posed until it is too late.

Josefina Magallanes says:

It sounds unstable, especially if we do not know how they make decisions.

Josefina Magallanes says:

You would have been better off splitting up and visiting the various companies that are working with AI and posting those videos

Josefina Magallanes says:

yes transparency of the companies, is crucial because if they can see everything we do, we should be able to see everything they do.

Josefina Magallanes says:

The best point made is that "we do need to know" what companies are doing with all of our information.

Josefina Magallanes says:

is the old man retired?

Refuz Tosay says:

Thanks for telling us your a socialist and you hate young white men who invent things, early on in the. Idea so that I can stop watching without wasting time.

caspar harte says:

One year on and this is still a well rounded panel.

Prosper Williams says:

Excellent discussion 👍🏾

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