Location: ​O’Reilly Institute

Date: 16 Sep – 17 Sep

Making Artificial Intelligence that is Trustworthy and Ethical: The European Approach

Date And Time
Mon, 16 September 2019
16:30 – 18:00

O’Reilly Institute
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

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The Artificial Intelligence industry is currently booming. The major competitors are the United States, China and the European Union, each of which is attempting to attain a large share of the international market for AI technology. The EU wants to distinguish itself by investing in AI that it trustworthy and ethical: AI that meets societal needs and expectations, obeys legal requirements, and supports human values. In this presentation, we will discuss and critique the European approach. In doing so, we will present results of the SIENNA project, an EU-funded project that studies ethical and human rights aspects of AI. We will first present the three alternative approaches to AI by the United States, China and the EU. We will then discuss the EU approach in detail, including its efforts to regulate AI and to develop ethical guidelines for AI. We will also review recent studies in the SIENNA project that survey public opinion on AI and identify key ethical problems with AI. We will conclude by discussing ways to move forward in the EU approach, and possible limitations that it may run into.


Philip Brey is full professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at the department of philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT. Brey’s work focuses on the ethics of technology, particularly information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and sustainable technology. He has focuses on topics such as the ethical assessment of emerging technologies, how to identify and design for values in technology, the relationship between technology, power, and politics, and the relation between agency and structure in ethics of technology. He currently leads a European Union Horizon 2020 project, SIENNA (2017-2021, budget € 4.0 million) on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, including human genomics, human enhancement, robotics and artificial intelligence. He is also a partner in the H2020 SHERPA project (2018-2021) which will develop ethical guidelines for smart big data: combinations of artificial intelligence and big data systems.