This event is part of the British Academy’s season on Robotics, AI and Society and was held at the British Academy on Jan 31 2017.

Advances in AI have enabled a range of developments in robotics, from driverless vehicles to unmanned military machines. These advances raise questions about autonomy and accountability – what happens if a faithful servant disobeys an action, and who is to blame if things go wrong? Can our current governance mechanisms lessen these risks and empower us to adopt new technologies? Or do we need new laws and guidelines?

Professor Susanne Beck, Professor for Criminal Law and Law Philosophy, University Hannover
Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird
Professor Patrick Haggard FBA, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
Professor Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, University of Sheffield

Dr Hannah Devlin, Science Correspondent, Guardian

Organised in partnership with The Royal Society and our media partners, Prospect magazine.

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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