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Ethics, computer systems and the professions
Wed 15 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
A workshop organised by the Centre for Ethics & Law
About the talk
This workshop aims to foster robust inter-disciplinary debate on the ethical challenges raised by the professions’ growing reliance on computer systems to replace or assist them with an increasing number of tasks.
- Prof. Anthony Finkelstein
- Prof. Neil Lawrence
- Prof. Burkhard Schafer
- Mr Jonathan Price and
- Dr Sylvie Delacroix
About the chair and speakers:
Anthony Finkelstein was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security in December 2015. His research is based at The Alan Turing Institute and he holds a Chair in Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL). He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London and at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), an elected Member of Academia Europaea (MAE) and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI). Prior to assuming his current role, he was Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Head of UCL Computer Science
Burkhard Schafer joined the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh in 1996, serving as Director of the SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law and holding the chair of Computational Legal Theory since 2010. His main research interests is the intersection between law, science and technology, looking at both the regulation of technology through law and also at the way in which science and technology can improve our understanding of the nature of law and legal reasoning. He is member of the steering group on law and AI of the German Association for Informatics, and member of the ethics advisory board of the Alan Turing Institute.
Neil Lawrence is a Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Sheffield currently on leave at Amazon, Cambridge. His interests are in the development of new machine learning methods and the impact of these ideas on society.
Jonathan Price is a barrister who specialises in media, publication and information law with a particular focus on social media and online libel and privacy.
Sylvie Delacroix is a reader in legal theory and ethics in UCL Laws and UCL Computer Science. Her research focus is on the role of habit in the way we make moral decisions in a professional context, relying on both philosophical analysis and empirical methods (with the help of immersive virtual reality technology). She is particularly interested in the types of habits fostered by the growing reliance on computer systems in the professions.