april, 2017

11apr19:3022:00Civil Law Rules on RoboticsPrioritizing Human Well-being in the Age of Artificial Intelligence19:30 - 22:00 Event Type:K4I Forum Dinner Debate in cooperation with IEEE

Time

(Tuesday) 19:30 - 22:00

Location

Members' Salon, European Parliament, Brussels

Event Details

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.

Event Briefing

Dinner Debate Presentation

Dinner Debate Agenda

Attendees List

Host

Mady DelvauxMember of the European Parliament (MEP)

Speakers for this event

  • Chatila, Raja

    Chatila, Raja

    IEEE fellow, Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Sorbonne – University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris

    IEEE fellow, Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Sorbonne – University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris

    IEEE fellow, Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Sorbonne – University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris

  • de Ganay, Claude

    de Ganay, Claude

    Member of the French National Assembly, Member of the OPECST, Rapporteur

    Member of the French National Assembly, Member of the OPECST, Rapporteur

    Member of the French National Assembly, Member of the OPECST, Rapporteur

  • Dignum, Virginia

    Dignum, Virginia

    Associate Professor, Delft Institute of Technology

    I am an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology. I received a PhD in 2004 from the Utrecht University, on A Model for Organizational Interaction. Prior to my PhD, I worked for more than 12 years in consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management. In 2006, I was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for my work on agent-based organizational frameworks, which includes the OperA framework for analysis, design and simulation of organizational systems. I've has organized many international conferences and workshops, and was co-organizer of AAMAS 2005. I'm involved as (S)PC and reviewer in all main conferences and journals in my field of research, and am one of the leading international researchers in Agent Organizations. I participate in several national and EU projects and have more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, including 15 books, yielding a h-index of 27. I am co-chair of the European AI conference in 2016 (ECAI2016). I am also coordinator of the new TU Delft initiative on Design for Values

    Associate Professor, Delft Institute of Technology

  • Havens, John C.

    Havens, John C.

    Executive Director, IEEE Global Initiative

    John C. Havens is Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. The Initiative created a document called, Ethically Aligned Design to provide recommendations for values-driven Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems as well standards recommendations. Guided by over one hundred thought leaders, The Initiative has a mission of ensuring every technologist is educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical considerations in the design and development of autonomous and intelligent systems. John is also a regular contributor on issues of technology and wellbeing to Mashable, The Guardian, HuffPo and TechCrunch and is author of Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. John was an EVP of a Top Ten PR Firm, a VP of a tech startup, and an independent consultant where he has worked with clients such as Gillette, P&G, HP, Wal-Mart, Ford, Allstate, Monster, Gallo Wines, and Merck. He was also the Founder of The Happathon Project, a non-profit utilizing emerging technology and positive psychology to increase human wellbeing. John has spoken at TEDx, at SXSW Interactive (six times), and as a global keynote speaker for clients like Cisco, Gillette, IEEE, and NXP Semiconductors. John was also a professional actor on Broadway, TV and Film for fifteen years. For more information, visit John’s site or follow him @johnchavens.

    Executive Director, IEEE Global Initiative

  • Heikkilä, Juha

    Heikkilä, Juha

    Head of Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligencem DG CONNECT

    Dr Juha Heikkilä joined the European Commission in 1998 and currently works in its Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect). Since 2014 he has been the Head of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence unit, which is in charge of the Commission activities in these technologies in their various aspects. The Commission has been funding a multidisciplinary research programme on Cognitive Systems, Robotics and AI for about 13 years, focusing on smarter and more flexible robots and artificial systems. In recent years, the annual budget has been between €70 million and €80 million. At the beginning of the current EU seven-year funding programme, Horizon 2020, a Public-Private Partnership in Robotics was set up, which brings together all the key stakeholders in the area. In this partnership the European Commission will invest up to €700 million via Horizon 2020 in roadmap-based research and innovation in these areas over a seven-year period. Previously, Dr Heikkilä was involved in computational and corpus linguistic research at the University of Helsinki, and he did a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

    Head of Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligencem DG CONNECT

  • Müller, Vincent C.

    Müller, Vincent C.

    Professor of Philosophy at Anatolia College, University Fellow at Leeds, the president of the European Association for Cognitive Systems, and chair of the euRobotics topics group on \\\"ethical, legal and socio-economic issues\\\"

    Vincent C. Müller studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford. He was Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is now is professor of philosophy at Anatolia College/ACT and University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds - as well as President of the European Association for Cognitive Systems and chair of the euRobotics topics group on 'ethical, legal and socio-economic issues'. Müller's research focuses on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. He has published ca. 40 academic papers and twelve edited volumes on the philosophy of computing, philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. He has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops and given ca. 100 presentations. Müller organizes a conference series on the Theory and Philosophy of AI and is principal investigator of a EC-funded research project on the ethics of "Digitial Do-It-Yourself" (DIDIY). He has generated 3.6mil.€ research income for his institution. His website is at www.sophia.de

    Professor of Philosophy at Anatolia College, University Fellow at Leeds, the president of the European Association for Cognitive Systems, and chair of the euRobotics topics group on \\\"ethical, legal and socio-economic issues\\\"

  • Murtin, Fabrice

    Murtin, Fabrice

    Senior Economist, Household Statistics and progress Measurement Division, OECD Statistics Directorate.

    Fabrice Murtin is a Senior Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and an associate researcher at Sciences-Po Paris. His research on economic development, labour markets and well-being has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Economic Growth, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Policy, European Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Inequality or Health Economics. A French national, he completed his PhD at Paris and London Schools of Economics and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University prior to joining the OECD.

    Senior Economist, Household Statistics and progress Measurement Division, OECD Statistics Directorate.

  • Saastamoinen, Salla

    Saastamoinen, Salla

    Director, Directorate A Civil and Commercial Justice, DG JUST, European Commission

    Salla Saastamoinen started as Director for Civil and Commercial Justice at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers in October 2016. Previously she was the Director for Equality as from 2014. As Director for Civil and Commercial Justice, she is in charge of the development and consolidation of the European area of civil justice, in particular of civil procedural law, private international law, contract law and company law. Salla Saastamoinen has worked in the Commission for 20 years, starting in the Directorate-General for Environment and then working in several areas in the Directorate-General for Justice. Before joining the Commission, Salla Saastamoinen was an associate partner in a law office in Helsinki, Finland. She has a licentiate degree in law from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and post-graduate studies in law from the universities of Saarbrücken, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland.

    Director, Directorate A Civil and Commercial Justice, DG JUST, European Commission

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