Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies 10-12 March

Save the date for our final (online) event on Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies on March 10, 11 and 12! In the conference, we will discuss ethical and human rights issues raised by emerging technologies, and will assess the new methods and instruments we need for ethical guidance and governance of emerging technologies.

Over three days, we will address instruments like regulation, innovation policies, research ethics frameworks, Ethics by Design methodologies, education and training progammes, standards, and certification. Here, we will present and discuss results of the 3,5 years of work that the SIENNA project has conducted. The conference consists of four parts, which can be attended separately.

Preliminary programme

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10 March: the SIENNA project

13:00-14:00 CET Introduction to the SIENNA  project

In this session we present the overall aims and structure of the SIENNA project and offer a brief overview of the key findings in our work on human geomics. human enhancement. artificial intelligence & robotics.

10 March: Focus on Human Genomics

14:00-17:00 CET Human Genetics and Genomics: Ethical, legal and human rights challenges

In this session, we will discuss the new ethical challenges brought by new human genomics technologies, particularly new technologies for genome sequencing and editing, and their various uses in diagnosis and therapy.  We will discuss regulatory challenges for human genomics, and possible solutions for them, and we will propose new instruments for ethical guidance and governance of genomic technologies, including a new SIENNA-initiated code of conduct for international data sharing in genomics.

11 March: Focus on Human Enhancement

09:30-12:30 CET Human Enhancement: Ethical, legal and human rights challenges

In this session, we will discuss the ethical challenges emerging human enhancement technologies, and assess the current state of the field and the steps that should be taken to meet ethical challenges in the future.  We will present and discuss the new SIENNA-initiated ethics guidelines for human enhancement, the first extended set of guidelines for human enhancement research, development and use that have been proposed, and we will discuss needed new policy initiatives that are needed for responsible innovation of human enhancement technologies.

March 11: Focus on AI & Robotics

13:30-17:30 CET Artificial Intelligence and Robotics:  Ethical, legal and human rights challenges.

In this part of the conference, we will discuss how ethics is currently being used and integrated in AI practices and institutions, diagnose problems and challenges, and will propose ways to move forward.  We will discuss new research ethics frameworks for AI, new regulatory and policy proposals, Ethics by Design methodologies, the role of stakeholders and the general public in responsible innovation for AI, the role of critical and social studies of AI in ethics and policy, and education and training programmes for ethics of AI.

12 March: Assessment and Guidance of new emerging technologies

13:00-17:00 CET Governance of emerging technologies: incorporating ethics and human rights

In this final session, we will propose new approaches for ethical and human rights assessment, guidance and governance of emerging technologies.  What steps do different actors need to take to enable responsible innovation, and what tools and methods do they need?  We will present and discuss proposals for integrating ethical guidance with regulation and policy, including stakeholders in ethical analysis and governance, for combining ethical analysis with foresight and social impact assessment, for the development of general and domain- and actor-specific ethics guidelines, standards and certification, and for including Ethics by Design methods in technology development. 

Last modified: 2021-02-12