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Merging of man and machine: questions of ethics in dealing with emerging technology

When? 8 September 2016, 09:30-13:00
Where? European Parliament, Brussels, room Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 1G3

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Technology has fundamentally altered our lives and will continue to do so. Ethical considerations must remain guiding posts at all times. Undoubtedly, how we approach the regulation of emerging technologies will have wide implications for our definition of human dignity and the equality of individuals.

The Green Working Group Robotics – Jan Philipp Albrecht, Max Andersson, Julia Reda, Michel Reimon and Terry Reintke – would like to invite you to a public hearing on „Merging of man and machine: questions of ethics in dealing with emerging technology“. With this and further discussions we would like to develop a position on how society should respond to questions like How will our lives and our society change with the increasing fusion with modern technology? What role have politics and law in this context? Is there a need for regulation and if so, how? How can human rights be addressed?

After short presentations by the speakers we have planned plenty of time for questions and answers. Please join us for the discussion!

Moderator: Jennifer Baker, @BrusselsGeek

Draft Agenda
Welcome and Introduction

9h45 – 10h45
Man & Machine: Examples of how we’re going to merge with technology

Enno Park, Chairman of Cyborgs e.V.
Dana Lewis, Built an artificial pancreas (#DIYPS). Founder, #OpenAPS. Director, MDigitalLife for W2O Group

10h45 – 11h45
Ethics & Society: Examples of how our lives, values and society will change
Yvonne Hofstetter, Author & director of Teramark Technologies GmbH
Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel, Author „Die Moral in der Maschine: Beiträge zu Roboter- und Maschinenethik“
Constanze Kurz, Author & Spokesperson Chaos Computer Club e.V. (CCC)

11h45 – 12h00 Coffee break

12h00 – 13h00
Politics & Law: Examples of how we do/can debate and regulate this field
Juha Heikkilä, Head of Unit, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, DG Connect, European Commission
Dr Hielke Hijmans, Special Advisor at the Offices of the European Data Protection Supervisor. (Governance of data protection, Advisory group on digital ethics)

See the bios of the speakers.

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