16 Jan 2019
17:15 - 19:00
Geneva, Switzerland


[Update] The report from the event is now available.

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) in general, and robotics in particular, raises new and delicate issues. New types of robots, so-called 'smart robots', are capable of interacting with the environment and with humans, have the capacity to learn, adapt, evolve, and make autonomous decisions. Until recently, robots were mainly used in the industrial sector, notably in manufacturing (cars, shoes, etc.), but we are seeing more and more robots designed for and being used in the service sector. For example, we can see robots in action in health care (helping patients), in medicine (such as the Da Vinci robot used in surgery), in economics and banking, in the legal system (such as the robot Ross helping with research), in entertainment, and in transportation (drones and self-driving cars).

These various developments have many positive aspects, however, these changes, sometimes called the 4th Industrial Revolution, also bring forth new concerns. For instance, the use of robots and AI in general for military purposes (so-called 'robots killers') is a matter of increasing worry and reluctance. New ethical concerns have thus become relevant and the use of robots in such extended possibilities and economic activities has also started to raise new legal concerns.



Welcome Address

17.15 YVES FLÜCKIGER, Rector of the University of Geneva

Global Impact of AI on the Law: Cohabitation or Disruption ?

17.30 YANEBI MENG, Renmin Law School
Big data and algorithm under the perspectives of anti-monopoly

18.00 JOVAN KURBALIJA, Executive Director and Co-Lead UN SG High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Responsibilities of governments, business and users in digital policy

Humanitarian Law Issues ('killer robots')

18.30 AMANDEEP SINGH GILL, Chair of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and Executive Director and Co-Lead UN SG High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Nudging accountability: Guiding principles for technology in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems

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The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM, Canton of Geneva, ETH-Zürich, and the University of Geneva

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