The algorithms powering autonomous systems and Artificial Intelligence are driving the future of society.  Imbued within our cars, companion robots and smart cities, we are becoming a culture of code. The risks and benefits regarding these technologies are largely evaluated through the lens of GDP-focused, exponential growth.

But when robots and algorithms diminish individual agency by making decisions on our behalf, when the liability of their actions becomes too complex to assess or when AI and robotics are transforming our jobs, we must question if this will increase or decrease our well-being.  Humans can’t thrive unless metrics prioritizing positive mental and emotional health are elevated as key indicators of a flourishing society.

Civil Law rules on Robotics: Prioritizing Human Well-being in the Age of Artificial Intelligence features experts from The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems along with officials working on these topics for a multifaceted dialogue. The event will be hosted by MEP Mady Delvaux, who served as Rapporteur on the Civil Law Rules on Robotics Report, which is currently undergoing public consultation until 30 April.

By addressing issues of autonomy and liability (including aspects of robotic personhood), the effects of job transformations, and privacy and data protection, panelists will explore how it is only by prioritizing human wellbeing when introducing Artificial Intelligence into society that we will avoid unintended consequences and redefine progress in the age of Artificial Intelligence.