Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Monday, January 21, 2019 17:00to18:30
Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 316, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Jacob Turner, an Oxford graduate and UK barrister, will be speaking on his book "Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence", which has been foreworded by the former UK Supreme Court President, Lord Neuberger.

He will argue that AI is unlike is any other previous technology, owing to its ability to take decisions independently and unpredictably. This gives rise to three issues: Responsibility - who is liable if AI causes harm? Rights - are there moral or pragmatic grounds for giving rights to robots? And Ethics - how should AI make choices, and are there any decisions it should not take?

His work is aimed at a multi-disciplinary audience, which could include anyone with an interest in politics, philosophy, law, computer science etc, on the basis that AI will affect all areas of society and because any governance of AI ought to be a joint effort.

About the speaker

Jacob Turner is a barrister and author. He has acted for sovereign states including Argentina, Greece, Russia and Iraq. Jacob has previously worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP in London and Hong Kong, and before that in the legal department of Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, and as a speechwriter to its Ambassador. He is a former law clerk to Lord Mance in the UK Supreme Court and is the co-author with Lord Mance of Privy Council Practice (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Jacob is a member of the expert advisory board of Conflict Analytics Lab, a research-based consortium on AI and data analytics applied to conflict resolution and negotiation. His work has been featured in Quartz, The Spectator, The Economist, Wired Magazine and Al Jazeera Online. He has lectured on regulating AI at universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, as well as at various technology and law firms. In December 2018 Jacob delivered a lecture in Shanghai, China on AI and National Security, at the invitation of the United Nations. He has also given speeches on other topics at UNESCO in Paris, and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He holds degrees from Oxford University and Harvard Law School.

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