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Artificial Intelligence: Ethical and Legal Implications

Conference held in Haifa on 28th-29th November. Author: Christoph Lutz.

Eliane Bucher and Christoph Lutz presented ongoing research at the conference "Artificial Intelligence: Ethical and Legal Implications". The conference took place in Haifa, Israel, from 28-29 November 2018 and was organized by the European Hub of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC). It convened around 30 early career researchers who are investigating artificial intelligence from a range of perspectives, from legal, to social and technical.

Eliane presented research in collaboration with Christian Fieseler about the freelancing platform Upwork and the potentially alienating effects of algorithmic management in this context. The presentation was well received and sparked engaging discussions among the audience.

Christoph presented a paper in collaboration with Eduard Fosch Villaronga (Leiden University)  and Aurelia Tamò-Larrieux (University of Zurich) about the ethical, legal and social implications of healthcare robots. The paper included the findings of three conference workshops that were held at leading robotics conferences in 2016 and 2017  and created a platform for interactive discussion between engineers, legal scholars, philosophers and academics from other backgrounds. Another paper involving Christoph's contribution was presented by co-author Eduard Fosch Villaronga. In this second contribution, the issue of transparency in AI systems is explored through an in-depth and interdisciplinary literature review.

The conference was excellently organized and allowed for in-depth networking through different social activities. It was followed by a meeting of the European Hub on Friday, 30 November. Here, the strategic collaboration between different Internet & Society in Europe was discussed. The full program is available here (pdf).

(Picture: Bahá'í gardens in Haifa, taken by Christoph Lutz)