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Artificial Intelligence: Living and Working in an AI world


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What does an AI world look like? A one day conference hosted by the Institution of Engineering Technology with Cooley and Cyber Security Research Institute. Media partners: Netopia, Future Intelligence, PassW0rd radio programme, Magneto Films.

Date and Time

24 May 2017 - 09:00-17:00


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Contact Ahmed Kotb at akotb@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Topics include how AI will affect society, workplace and industry including industrial processes, robot wars, intelligent algorithms, cyber security, smart cities, and automisation in healthcare.



9:00 - Registration, coffee, networking – IET foyer


09.30 - Scene-setter “We are the algorithm” - Mathias Spielkamp Algorithm Watch, Justin Lyon, Simudyne.
Moderator: Peter Warren Future Intelligence

10:00 - Keynote address: “Governments must act” – Mary Honeyball MEP

10:10 - Q and A moderated by Peter Warren

10:30 - “Do we need a kill switch?”
Lawyer Mark Deem, Cooley argues that questions of legal liability become impossible if we cannot switch off the machine. Deem wants to set clear limits on the role and responsibilities of robots and the humans who design, build and operate them.
Professor Joanna Bryson of the University of Bath replies that Artificial Intelligence is designed to work with humans, not against them: no emergency ‘off button’ required

10:50 - Q and A moderated by journalist from leading publication

11:15 - Break for coffee, smoking and networking


11:30 - “How will robots and AIs change my workplace?”
Anthony Painter, Director of the Action and Research Centre – Royal Society of Arts, Leslie Willcocks, Professor of Technology Work and Globalisation at London School of Economics in debate with representative from Accenture and Nathan Benaich, leading AI thinker and venture capitalist.
Q and A moderated by Charles Arthur, former Technology Editor of the Guardian.

12:30 - Buffet lunch with soft drinks and networking

13:10 - “When hackers attack – securing the automated system”
Peter Warren, author Cybercrime and warfare – all that matters Hodder and Stoughton 2015
Mykko Hypponen, F-Secure Head of Security

13:40 - “AI and its impact on the cities - the smart response.”
Allan Mayo, author & strategist for Digital Greenwich Smart City in conversation with Lola Fernandez Redondo, architect at Digital Greenwich Smart City Strategy
Moderated by FI representative

14:25 - “Should robots and AIs carry health warnings?”
The impact of automation in the National Health Service Dr Vishal Nangalia, innovation manager at NHS England argues against Dave Taylor, Imperial College, Trustees Board of the Patients Association

15:10 - Break


15:40 - “It’s just a machine”
Why we must guard and legislate against human relationships with robots
Dr. Trudy Barber, Course Curator of Media & Digital Practice at the University of Plymouth vs. Dr Kathleen Richardson, Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robotics De Montfort University and leader of the Campaign Against Sex Robots discusses why she believes that we must maintain rigid boundaries between ourselves and the machine.
Moderator: Jane Whyatt

Shall I compare thee to a CSD?

16:10 - Readings of sonnets and short stories written by AIs for the Turing Test in the Arts. Delegates must guess which were written by humans and which authored by machines

16:40 - Final plenary “20:20 visions – what must happen in the next 3 years?”
Mark Deem, Alex van Someren (TBC) and Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School, author ‘The Ethics of Invention’ (remotely)
Moderator: Peter Warren

17:15 - Networking reception

18:00 - Ends

18:00 - Dinner


Reasons to attend

Exploring the topic with Government, Academia and Industry Leaders

Sponsorship opportunities – If your company would like to sponsor this conference please get in touch.


Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 6 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.




Free to attend

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