On Wednesday, committee meetings were held during the day on topics such as Data Protection, E-Commerce, Intellectual Property, Cyber Crime, Interactive Entertainment & Media, Technology Sourcing, Dispute Resolution, Startup, Artificial Intelligence Whitepaper Discussion.
On Thursday the conference was officially opened by Luciano Floridi (Oxford University). In his plea “The Ethics of AI: Irresponsible Distractions and Current Challenges” he discussed the consequences of our increasing success in the development of AI. Among other things, he argued that artificial intelligence does not lead to an imaginative realization of science fiction scenarios that are at best distracting and at worst irresponsible. He also emphasized that free human behavior is confronted with the predictability and manipulability of the increasingly autonomous AI. Which, in his opinion, becomes attractive for us humans on the one hand, but also indistinguishable.
To conclude, Floridi summed up that all this invites us to reflect more seriously and less complacently on who we are, who we could be and who we want to become, and thus to reflect on our self-image and our responsibility towards the world and each other.
This was immediately followed by panel discussions on topics such as “Fashion Tech: How new technology (may) solve old issues in the fashion industry” or “The open banking revolution: How to manage it and what is next?
Subsequently, workshops were held with the focus on “data protection”, on the one hand with a view to the EU and the DSGVO, on the other hand on other current topics in the area of IT dispute resolution, the US Cloud Act, ADR strategies, data protection processes.
The day ended with further panel discussions on the topics “Business in the Blockchain: Crypto Finance and Smart Contracts Navigating Through Untested Legal Waters” and “Embracing the Evolution of E-Health”.
The last day of the conference started again with panel discussions. This time the focus of the discussions was on the US Cloud Act. In particular, the access to customer data by US law enforcement authorities was presented, especially with regard to cloud services. Insights were given into the background and content of the Cloud Act and the EU proposal for an e-Evidence Directive as well as into the legal aspects of international agreements between Europe and the USA.
Prior to the final panel sessions, which focused on the legal implications of some innovative and interesting aspects of AI – from chatbots in customer service to AI platforms for legal professions, from self-propelled cars to other IoT devices – the workshops focused on “Startup” and “Cyber Crime Regulations of the World – Reloaded”.