Project anotation

While the unprecedented technological advances of the recent decades have had a number of positive effects in almost every area of human life, they have also brought significant concerns in how the rapidly growing development and utilization of smart technologies relates to future law and ethics. This project aims to solve the problem of how to regulate the development of smart technologies and robotics to increase the welfare of society without violating its fundamental values.

One of the main goals of the project is to create a network of students, researchers and scholars within the field of law and to improve their qualification competences, as well as to promote the international exchange of scientific ideas through the implementation of interdisciplinary ethics and law research of smart information technologies and robotics. On the basis of the exchange, an attempt will be made to create guidelines and models for the legal regulation of future technologies that would stimulate the development thereof while contributing to public welfare without violating the values of society. In order to achieve its goals, the project seeks to carry out the following tasks: to reveal the theoretical provisions and problems of transformations of ethics and law regarding smart information technologies and robotics, as well as to prepare the research methodology for these problems; to substantiate the legal regulation guidelines of smart information technologies and robotic law that would increase the welfare of society while securing its fundamental values; to prepare the legal and ethical study modules and training guidelines for improving the qualification competences within the areas of smart technologies and robotics; as well as to promote the international exchange of ideas, scholars and students through implementation of a specialized network of researchers working in the fields of ethics and law of smart technologies.

In order to successfully carry out the tasks of the project, it is planned to implement the following specific activities: (i) preparation of research methodology, analysis of scientific literature and identification of the most problematic aspects of smart technologies, ethics and present legal regulation; (ii) preparation of the legal regulation guidelines for smart technologies; (iii) preparation of exemplary models for ethical and legal studies on smart technologies; (iv) formation of the database and making contacts with scholars who are researching the project field; lastly, (v) preparation of guidelines for qualification improvements of legal professionals.

International Conference: Future Law, Ethics, and Smart Technologies

Event Information

While the unprecedented technological advances in information technologies, robotics, AI, and related fields in recent decades have had a number of positive effects in almost every area of human life, they have also brought significant concerns in how the rapidly growing development and utilization of smart technologies impinge on future law, ethics, and (legal) education. Some of the significant issues are, for example, machine bias in law, autonomous transportation and legal responsibility, the concept of legal personhood and AI machines, Big Data, autonomous weapons, the black box problem, machine/robot rights, and the future of (legal) education. This interdisciplinary conference aims to understand the mentioned issues more properly in their relation to the problem of how to regulate the development of smart technologies and robotics in order to increase the welfare of society without violating its fundamental values such as safety, security, and privacy. In addition, we are interested in the issue of how to educate students in order to equip them with the necessary skills for the future labor market and to prepare legal professionals for the future. To put it slightly differently, what are the main challenges at the intersection of law, ethics, (legal) education, and smart technologies concerning the problem of regulation and what are viable solutions to overcome these? In order to respond to these issues, scholars from various disciplines such as law, philosophy, social sciences, information technologies, AI, and robotics are invited to submit their abstracts of their presentations (20min & 10min discussion).

Venue

  • Constitution Hall, Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania
  • (Building 1) Gedimino pr 53., Vilnius Lithuania
  • February 20, 2020, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Mandatory Registration: https://ateitis.vdu.lt/registration

 

Abstract Submission Information

  • Submission deadline: November 30
  • Notification: December 15
  • Abstracts must be around 300 words.
  • Title page (including name and affiliation).

Please, submit your abstracts to Prof. Dr. John-Stewart Gordon, Department of Philosophy, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania: john.gordon@vdu.lt