22 Sep 2017
Geneva, Switzerland


[Update] The half-day event focused on a key controversy: should robots be given rights, or should we assess their interaction with humans based on empathy levels? The summit also shed light on advancements in digital epidemiology (health outcomes and diseases) and medical recovery via smart implants, problematising the hybrid intelligence concept (co-learning process of the human brain and implants). Among others, the issues of robot dependence, data ownership and corporate governance were also raised. In addition to calls for ‘privacy by default’ and ‘ethics by design’, suggestions were made for the legal process to transform in order to provide timely responses to AI dilemmas.

Event description

The Artificial Intelligence Geneva Summit will take place on 22 September 2017, between 13.00 and 19.00 CEST, at Campus Biotech, Geneva.

The event in organised by Digital Switzerland (presenting partner), in co-operation with École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (scientific partner), the Republic and Canton of Geneva, SPG Intercity, Heptagone (sponsors and partners), Swisscom (main sponsor), and Le Temps (media partner). It will focus on artificial intelligence (AI), from various perspectives, ranging from legal aspects to psychology through research and cybersecurity.

Topics featuring on the Summit's programme include, among others, bots and natural language processing, robotics and relations between humans and robots, AI and security, digital health, opprtunities and threats related to bionics and neuroprosthetics, AI-related legal challenges, and responsibility and accountability in AI systems.

For more information, visit the event website.

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM and the Canton of Geneva

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