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AI and ethics: Plotting a path to the unanswered questions

On 27 April 2018, the Law Society hosted a global summit in partnership with Hogan Lovells on the subject of AI and legal ethics.

You can view the event by watching the videos below. A programme of the event provides further details on each of the speakers and panels.

Welcoming address (Christina Blacklaws)

Law Society Vice President Christina Blacklaws opens the event with a short welcoming speech to delegates.

Opening address (Timothy Clement-Jones):

Lord Timothy Clement-Jones, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI and Chair of the House of Lords AI Committee, makes the event’s opening address and discusses the Committee’s latest report on AI and the role that Government can play in this area.

Keynote address (Richard Susskind):

Professor Richard Susskind made the keynote address of the summit. He shared his expertise in the area and explored the challenges and opportunities that AI brings to the legal world and society more broadly.

Panel 1: A multi-disciplinary approach to AI:

The first panel of the event explored whether we can achieve a multi-disciplinary approach to AI, covering questions such as how we create the ability to have a cross sectoral/multi-disciplinary discussion of AI/legal ethics, how we develop common values across professions and specialisms, and whether there is a need for a shared taxonomy.

The panel members were Professor Sofia Olhede at University College London, Rob McCargow at PwC, Dana-Denis Smith at Obelisk Support and Laura Robinson from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Panel 2: The role of global standards:

The second panel of the event covered the role of global standards and regulation. The speakers addressed questions such as whether there is a role for standards/regulation, what they should be predicated on, what role social norms play, what negative effects need to be avoided, and whether global standards are possible or desirable.

The panel members were Ben Gardner at Wavelength Law, Raja Chatila at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and Patricia Christias at Microsoft.

Panel 3: No-go zones and must-go zones

The third panel of the event discussed the no-go ethical zones and must-go zones for AI. This explored questions such as whether there are areas in society where AI is undesirable, how a society may determine these zones, how the rule of law may provide a framework for these decisions and how AI can be used for the public good.

The panel members were Kay Firth-Butterfield at the World Economic Forum, Professor Sylvie Delacroix at the University of Birmingham, Dr Adrian Weller at the University of Cambridge and Dr Nora Ni Loideain at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.


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