Public hearing on 'Legal and ethical aspects of robotics and artificial intelligence' -
The developments in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence
(AI) represent perhaps the most significant technological advances of
today. While potentially useful in many ways, emerging applications
of robotics and AI also raise questions on how to respond to and
adjust to the introduction of increasingly autonomous robots and
evolutionary algorithms in various areas of work and human activity.
How should responsibility and liability be shared between different
actors if an internet-connected robot or robotic system causes harm,
either when acting physically upon its environment or when de facto
concluding contracts? What are the envisaged risks involved and how
could they be managed? What ethical issues need to be addressed
and to what extent is the existing regulatory framework appropriate
for dealing with the new generations of robots and the increased
sophistication of artificial intelligence? These are among the questions
underlying the decision by the JURI Committee and its Working
Group on Robotics to organise a public hearing that will gather
expertise on technical, ethical and legal aspects of robotics and
artificial intelligence. The hearing will be webstreamed. 



21 April 2016

10.00 – 12.30

Brussels ASP 3E2

Draft Programme

10.00 - 10.05 Welcome by Pavel Svoboda, Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs

10.05 – 10.20 Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine to Machine (M2M)contracts

Christiane Wendehorst, Professor, University of Vienna

10.20 – 10.35 Contract Law and Liability in the field of Robotics

Piotr Schramm, Partner, Gessel Law Firm, Warsaw

10.35 – 10.50 Questions & Answers

10.50 - 11.05 Liability and Risk Management in Robotics

Andrea Bertolini, Dr., Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna & University of Pisa

11.05 – 11.20 Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Risk Management

Olle Häggström, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

11.20 - 11.35 Questions & Answers

11.35 - 11.50 Taking a longer-term perspective on artificial intelligence policy

Niel Bowerman, Assistant Director, Future of Humanity Institute,

Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

11.50 - 12.20 Questions & Answers

12.20 - 12.30 Concluding remarks

Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Rapporteur