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Neurotech and AI: Do We Need New Human Rights?

Human Rights
Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:00 - 19:00

Venue: Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels

What are the Human Rights implications of the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence and Neurotechnology?

How should we prepare for a world in which our thoughts might be read and our minds controlled?

This half-day conference, organized by BBVA and OpenMind in collaboration with Prof. Rafael Yuste (Columbia University), will explore the Human Rights ramifications of the accelerated development of Neurotechnology and Artificial Intelligence, bringing together scientists, politicians and policy makers. Together they will examine the ethical challenges arising from AI and Neurotech, the impact these issues might have on Human Rights and what policy strategies could be followed to protect them. The event will consist of three panels of short presentations, each followed by a debate and a Q&A with the audience.

The first panel (“The Scientists' View”) will summarize the future development of Neurotech and AI. It will discuss, from the point of view of ethical and societal challenges, future advances in brain activity decoding and brain computer interfaces and how artificial intelligence could be used to together with these technologies to augment the cognitive capacities of humans.

The second panel (“The Citizens' Voice”) will be focused on capturing the opinion and sentiment of concerned citizen-experts and the citizenship in general to these ethical issues. Issues to be touched upon are the Human Rights ramifications of the technologies and what could be the most effective legislate responses that could secure societal benefits while avoiding potential abuses.

The third panel ("The Policy Makers' View") will discuss potential policy solutions to the ethical and societal challenges of Neurotechnology and AI. Issues that could be touched upon are the practical implementation of measures within the broader regulatory context of the European Union.

The discussions of the three panels will serve as a brainstorming session to integrate ideas from the panelists and stimulate new ideas that could arise from the synergy between them and the public.


14:30-15:00    Registration

15:00-15:10    Welcome Remarks

  •  José Manuel González Páramo, Executive Member of the Board, BBVA

15:10-16:15    Panel I: The Scientists' View

  • Moderator: Rafael Yuste, Director, Neurotechnology Center, Columbia University

  • Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Distinguished Scientist, Google

  • John Donoghue, Director, Wyss Center for Bio & Neuroengineering

  • Jack Gallant, Chancellor’s Professor of Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

16:15-17:20    Panel II: The Citizens' Voice

  • Moderator: Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive Officer, CEPS

  • Rafael Yuste, Director, Neurotechnology Center, Columbia University

  • Pilar del Castillo, MEP, European Parliament

  • Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, MEP, European Parliament

17:20-17:35    Coffee Break

17:35-18:25    Panel III: The Policy Makers' View

  • Moderator: TBA

  • Jean David Malo, Director, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

  • Lucilla Sioli, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission

18:25-19:00    Roundtable: What Next?

  • Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive Officer, CEPS

  • TBA

  • Rafael Yuste, Director, Neurotechnology Center, Columbia University

19:00-20:00   Networking Cocktail



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All Dates

  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:00 - 19:00

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