MER Announces Keynote for 2019

Nicolas Economou is the chief executive of H5 and was a pioneer in advocating the application of scientific methods to the legal system. He serves as chair of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, of the Global Governance of AI Roundtable at the World Government Summit (UAE), and of The Future Society’s Science, Law and Society Initiative. He is also a member of the Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI) a joint initiative of the MIT Media Lab and IEEE-SA. Nicolas has spoken on issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and its governance before policy makers and legal audiences at a wide variety of conferences and organizations, including the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and the American Bar Association. Nicolas was a member of the Law and Judiciary policy committee for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and has been featured in Forbes magazine. Trained in political science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva (Switzerland), he earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and chose to forgo completion of his M.P.A at Harvard’s Kennedy School in order to co-found H5.


Mon May 20 – 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM ( 1 Hour, 15 Min )K1. OPENING KEYNOTE Artificial Intelligence – Humanity at the Dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Keynote SpeakerThe presentation will address the transformative implications of the advent of artificial intelligence for society and its institutions, including the law.  The impeding disruption is of such a magnitude that the World Economic Forum has characterized it as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Like previous industrial revolutions, it is certain to cause global disruption and substantial redistributions of wealth and power within societies and across nations, but it also has some distinct characteristics.  This talk will address the nature, challenges, and opportunities of the AI revolution, and how policy-makers, corporations, and citizens alike can help humanity prepare for and reap the benefits of artificial intelligence while mitigating its risks. It will also touch more specifically on the challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence as they relate to the legal system, to corporate behavior, and to the need for the implementation of effective corporate digital ethics.  Finally, the talk will highlight some of the salient international efforts designed to arrive at principles, public policy recommendations, standards, and other norms for the trustworthy adoption and governance of artificial intelligence.   Key Issues This Presentation Will Address The state of AI development today What are the meaningful and less meaningful ways to think about AI  Geographic and geopolitical issues that have or will arise  Implications for the legal system and for corporate digital ethics  Emerging consensus areas on the governance of AI   Key Takeaways from this Presentation Attendees of this session will: Understand that Artificial Intelligence will transform every aspect our life like prior industrial revolutions did, but this industrial revolution has some important distinctive characteristics.  Learn that the beneficial adoption of AI is a risk management exercise. This is true at a national and international level, but also at a corporate and even individual level. Explore how the beneficial adoption of AI requires norms that successfully balance the risk and benefits, and to enable preparedness, for citizens, for corporations, for the law, and for society alike.  Hear how new norms and approaches are needed for the law and for corporate digital ethics specifically, and, how in certain areas, they are emerging through important national and international collaborative efforts.   Bottom Line from this Presentation The emergence of Artificial Intelligence has been characterized as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Humanity and its institutions need to develop norms for the governance of Artificial Intelligence, just as it has progressively developed norms for the governance of human intelligence.  

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