AI Academy 2017


July 11, 2017

Norton Rose Fulbright will be holding a half-day AI Academy in London on July 11, 2017. The AI Academy will cover a range of business, ethical and legal issues around the topic of artificial intelligence.

This event will be of particular interest and benefit to legal and commercial teams of both public and private companies across all sectors, who are developing or considering implementing AI solutions. The conference will provide attendees with informative, interactive sessions and the opportunity to engage with leading technology peers and lawyers.

8.30 – 9.00

Registration and breakfast

9.00 – 9.05

Welcome and outline of the day

9.05 – 9.20

What is AI? - a computer scientist explains

Professor Peter McBurney, Professor of Computer Science, King’s College London will explain the science behind the hype including:

  • What is AI technology?
  • How does the technology work?
  • How intelligent is it?

9.20 – 9.50

Get ready for AI: the future is now

Conor McGovern, Managing Director at Accenture Digital, will investigate the potential opportunities for AI to shape and innovate the world of business, including:

  • What will the impact of AI be on businesses across all sectors?
  • Will business models change?
  • How can businesses get ready?

9.50 – 10.20

The Watson story

Industry leaders, IBM will present Watson, the AI platform which is making the technology more accessible to businesses, and will discuss:

  • Why is Watson an important AI milestone?
  • What can Watson do now?
  • What might Watson achieve in the future?

10.20 – 10.40


10.40 – 11.20

Navigating the ethical-legal AI landscape

In this session, our technology specialists, Mike Rebeiro and Michael Sinclair, will examine some of the technical aspects of AI implementation and how to manage the associated ethical-legal issues, focusing on:

  • Embedding human values, transparency,  and accountability
  • Humans “in the loop”
  • Key legal issues - focus on liability and privacy

11.20 – 11.50

AI in the workplace

Our experts in employment and corporate law, Paul Griffin and Sean Murphy, will examine the opportunities and considerations for AI in shaping the future of the workplace, including:

  • Key HR and employment law considerations: bias and AI bosses
  • Corporate governance and AI-assisted board decision-making

11.50 – 12.20

How can a business achieve ethical-legal compliance?

Our business ethics and corporate specialists, Sam Eastwood and Victoria Birch, will discuss some of the steps that in-house counsel should be considering in preparation for implementing or developing AI solutions within the business to ensure ethical-legal compliance:

  • What do in-house counsel need to be considering now?
  • What steps can a business take to prepare itself at the pre-design / before go-live stage?
  • A compliance solution: an Ethics Risk Toolkit

12.30 – 13.00

Panel: what will the impact of AI be on professional services?

Mike Rebeiro (Global Head of Technology and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright), Peter McBurney (Professor of Computer Science, King’s College London) and David Eastwood (Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting) will lead the discussion on the potential impact and opportunities for AI solutions within the professional services industry including:

  • How will AI change the provision of professional services?
  • How can in-house counsel and businesses benefit from such changes?
  • What are the opportunities for tech vendors?
  • What are the ethical questions to be answered?

13.00 – 14.00


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