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Westminster Law School hosts public debate on the future regulation of artificial intelligence

Law 30 October 2015

The event was part of a series focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and the Law and was attended by more than 150 people.

The debate You, Robot! What Does it Mean to Regulate Artificial Intelligence was held on 8 October 2015, as the result of a long running exchange on Twitter between Westminster Law School academics and experts in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence on a range of interconnected issues including ethics, agency and liability.

Convened and chaired by Dr Paresh Kathrani and held in conjunction with the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture, the Centre on the Legal Profession, and the Westminster Law & Theory Lab, the debate brought together a strong and distinguished panel of speakers: Joanna Bryson from the University of Bath and Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy; John Flood from the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University Law School in Queensland, Australia and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Westminster; Chrissie Lightfoot, Author and CEO of Entrepreneur Lawyer Limited; Lisa Webley from Westminster Law School and Alan Winfield from the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK and Visiting Professor at the University of York. A number of contemporary themes at the very heart of modern day artificial intelligence and robot regulation were debated, including the extent to which robots can be anthropomorphised, liability if an artificial intelligence system fails, and the possible effect of artificial intelligence and robots on the law and the legal profession. There was also a lively debate and discussion with the audience.

Follow the debate on Twitter with hashtag #urobotwm. 

Westminster Law School has a strong reputation in looking at the effect of technology on the law, especially through its ReInvent Law Conference and 21st Century Law Practice London Summer Programme held in conjunction with Michigan State University College of Law. Westminster Law School has a number of researchers working in this area, for further information, please contact Professor Lisa Webley or Dr Paresh Kathrani.

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