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Artificial intelligence is unquestionably impacting on many areas of life and on 15 October 2017 Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti presented a report to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on the conditions required to place the UK at the forefront of this growth. The report, titled ‘Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK’, sets out a series of strategic recommendations to the government, based on core pillars such as data supply and control, business and industry, and skills and education, with a view to providing the UK with a foundation on which to develop a strong, AI-ready future.

This panel event brings together published and distinguished speakers from the fields of data regulation, business and entrepreneurship and journalism to dissect the report and its implications for the future, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Panellists include:

  • Dr Mercedes Bunz, Senior Lecturer at the Communication & Media Research Institute, University of Westminster. Her research combines technology and digital media, philosophy, and publishing. Her most recent book is The Internet of Things co-written with Graham Meikle (Polity 2017). She is co-founder of the open access publishing house From 2009-2010 she was the technology reporter of The Guardian.
  • Dr Steven Cranfield is based in the Department of Leadership and Professional Development in Westminster Business School. His career as a practitioner, researcher and leader has led him to specialise in working with a range of companies and organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors on issues such as building, delivering and evaluating strategy, analysing training need, workforce planning and development, and adopting new technologies. He is committed to working with business people, leaders and their teams to explore how the basic values of their work can form the core of innovative and transformative practices and ventures.
  • Chrissie Lightfoot is a prominent international legal figure, an entrepreneur, a legal futurist, legaltech investor, writer, international keynote speaker, legal and business commentator (quoted periodically in The Times and FT), solicitor (non-practising), Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Westminster Law School, and author of best-seller The Naked Lawyer and Tomorrow`s Naked Lawyer. She is CEO and founder of EntrepreneurLawyer Ltd and as the visionary and creator of Robot Lawyer LISA - the world’s first impartial AI lawyer – is CEO and co-founder of AI Tech Support Ltd (trading as Robot Lawyer LISA).
  • Joanna Goodman is a journalist and author. Her book; “Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services”, published in November 2016, is essential reading for anyone looking to get up to speed on AI in legal services. She is the IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette and writes regular features for The Guardian about cutting-edge technology, brands, and media, and occasional features for The Times business supplements. Her main areas of interest are artificial intelligence, robots and chatbots, virtual assistants, connected devices, driverless cars, and virtual and augmented reality.

Chair: Dr Paresh Kathrani, Westminster Law School in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, researches artificial intelligence, robotics and the law and has convened expert panel discussions between roboticists, ethicists and lawyers. He has been invited to talk to lawyers at professional events and has written on the changes that are likely to occur in the legal profession as a result of automation.

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