Does your machine mind? ethics and potential bias in the law of algorithms

Organised by: The Law Society of England and Wales

Can you teach a robot to love? Can you teach a robot what is just? Is it possible to ‘compute’ right from wrong?

Or are we so preoccupied with whether or not we can, that we didn’t stop to think if we should?

As advances in Artificial Intelligence bring new computing capabilities off the pages of science fiction and into our daily lives, this seminar will examine what happens when the law, ethics and algorithms collide. Our panel of experts will consider three different perspectives on this exciting and emerging area.

First, the place of ethics in automated decision-making. How do you build appropriate ethics into algorithms, and what does this mean for transparency in decision-making? Do the gains really justify the costs?

Second, as AI systems become increasingly able to do tasks that only a human could previously, how do they fit with our existing ideas of rights? At what point do these rights start to resemble personhood? Will AI move from ‘computer’ to ‘colleague’?

Third, as we build these machines how do we keep them from reflecting or entrenching our own biases and inequalities?

Our panel will confront these questions, as well as questions from the audience, in a London Tech Week seminar that promises to push the electronic boundaries of our laws and morality.


17:30 – 18:00 Registration and refreshments

18:00- 18:50 Speaker presentations

18:50 – 19:20 Question and answer session

19:20 – 20:30 Drinks and canapé reception with demonstrations of innovative tech products

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