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

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Thursday 18 Jan 2018
Time: 17:30 - 18:30

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Organisers: Corinne Cath (Oxford Internet Institute and The Alan Turing Institute); Sandra Wachter (Oxford Internet Institute and The Alan Turing Institute)

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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