What impact is AI having on ethics and the law?

13 October 2017

The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence enters its second week of public evidence sessions with two panels focussing on the ethical and legal issues created by the development of artificial intelligence.


Tuesday 17 October in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster 

At 3.35pm

  • Professor Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics, University of West England, Bristol
  • Dr Ing. Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE-Standards Association.

At 4.35pm

  • Professor Christopher Reed, Professor of Electronic Commerce Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Jeremy Barnett, Barrister, St Pauls Chambers, Leeds and Gough Square Chambers
  • Professor Karen Yeung, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law and Society at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.

Possible questions

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • Has AI given rise to new and distinctive ethical issues?
  • Who should be ethically accountable for the decisions made by AI systems?
  • Will an AI system itself be ever held to account for its own decisions?
  • How can an AI system be developed not be discriminatory or unfair in its decision making?
  • Does the ethical development and use of AI require regulation?
  • What are the biggest opportunities and risks for the law in the UK over the coming decade in relation to the development and use of AI?
  • If new legislation was to be introduced to deal with the issues presented by AI, should the UK Government go it alone, or work with other governments to create international frameworks for legislation?
  • As AI systems become increasingly autonomous in practice, will the legal system need to change in order to reflect and accommodate this autonomy?
  • Does the creation of some form of electronic personhood need to be considered in the UK?

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