AI Ethics, Risks and Safety Conference

ADLIB are pleased to be supporting the region’s first AI Ethics, Risks and Safety Conference in May.

​Come and join a full-day Conference on Wednesday 15th May 2024, 09:30 – 17:00 BST at the Watershed, in Bristol.


The AI Ethics, Risk and Safety Conference will bring together businesses and organisations to discuss, share best practices and learn about the upcoming regulations, standards, case studies, and the resources available for businesses.

The conference will offer practical advice and insights from experts in their field and it will cover four main themes:

1. Legal and Compliance.

2. AI Standards.

3. Training and upskilling.

4. AI Ethics framework. Case studies


Meet the Speakers:

Emma Erskine-Fox, Managing Associate, Technology, IP and Data @ TLT

​Colin Gavaghan, Professor Digital Future School of Law @ University of Bristol

Nuala Polo, Senior Policy Advisor and AI Assurance Lead @ Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Lisa Talia Moretti, Digital Sociologist @ AND Digital

Dr. Kevin Macnish, Head of Ethics and Sustainability Consulting @ Sopra Steria

Stu Charlton, Experience Strategy Director Financial Services @ CX Partners

Matilda Rhode, Sector Lead. AI and Cyber Security @ British Standard Institution

Dr. Florian Ostmann, Head of AI Governance and Regulatory Innovation @ The Alan Turing Institute

Sundeep Bhandari, Chief Digital Innovation Officer. Head of Digital Innovation @ National Physical Laboratory

Marie Oldfield, CEO of Oldfield Consultancy @ Senior Lecturer at London School of Economics

Ben Byford, AI Ethics Consultant Podcast Host @ The Machine Ethics Podcast

Karin Rudolph, Founder Ethical Technology Network @ Collective Intelligence


Conference Programme

Welcome and introduction to the Ethical Technology Network
Karin Rudolph, Founder Collective Intelligence

AI regulation or AI innovation – is that really the choice?
Colin Gavaghan. Professor of Digital Futures Bristol Digital Futures Institute. University of Bristol Law School.

​Recent debates around AI have presented a polarized choice. On one side are those calling for tighter regulation in the face of the potential harm.

On the other side are those (including the UK Government) arguing that we should be slow to add new regulations, and should instead “unleash innovation” and reap the incredible rewards of this wonderous technology.

But is it really the case that regulation needs to be the enemy of innovation? In this talk, Colin Gavaghan will explore that question, arguing that the “regulation or innovation” choice around AI is misleading and overly simplistic.

Implementing Technology Ethics going from theory to practice. A case study
Lisa Talia Moretti. Digital Sociologist. AND Digital

Over the last few years, companies and governments, independent councils and working groups, membership organisations and academics have been in a flurry of writing ethical guidelines and principles. They’ve been doing this for artificial intelligence, machine learning, data (and data science) as well as technology more broadly. While the ethical principles and frameworks have been a helpful start, it’s time to put them into action if we are really serious about making an impact.

This talk is ideal for those who are looking for practical advice on how to implement AI ethics frameworks or for those who find themselves frustrated by the current theoretical tech ethics conversations and want to hear a pragmatic perspective.

Using a case study, Lisa Talia Moretti will share lessons and insights on how to implement an AI ethics framework, and spotlight the uniquely human characteristics and qualities that are needed to do this in a world saturated with tech.

Nuala Polo. Senior Policy Advisor and AI Assurance Lead at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.
Presentation details to be added soon.

What challenges do AI Practitioners face and how can we solve them?
Maria Oldfield. CEO of Oldfield Consultancy and Senior Lecturer at London School of Economics.

Working with AI and modelling affecting society means AI practitioners need to not only showcase skills but also prove that they have robust methodology when it comes to practice, whether they are philosophy advisors or computer scientists.

In this talk, Marie Oldfield will introduce a new AI global Professional Accreditation, established by the Institute of Science and Technology.

AI regulation: Where are we now?
Emma Erskine-Fox Managing Associate, Tech, IP and Data. TLT

The last few years have seen the emergence of the world’s first AI-specific laws and regulations. Whilst many principles overlap with existing legal regimes, the new rules pose novel challenges and opportunities for businesses operating in the AI ecosystem.

In this presentation, Emma Esrkine-Fox will look at how AI regulation is taking shape, both in the UK and worldwide, and what organisations should be doing to ensure they don’t fall foul of the requirements.

Also considering how businesses can manage different, and potentially conflicting, regimes if they are aiming to operate on a multinational level.

Kevin Dr Kevin Macnish. Head of Ethics and Sustainability Consulting. Sopra Steria

Stu Charlon. Experience Strategy Director, Financial Services. CX Partners.
Presentation details to be added soon.

Setting the Standard for AI Ethics.
– Florian Ostmann. Head of AI Governance and Regulatory Innovation. Alan Turing Institute.
– Matilde Rhode. Sector Lead. AI and Cyber Security. British Standard Institution
– Sundeep Bhandari. Chief Digital Innovation Officer. Head of Digital Innovation. National Physical Laboratory

The AI Standards Hub is a UK-government-funded program that brings together the National Measurement Institute (the National Physical Laboratory), AI Research Centre (The Alan Turing Institute) and the National Standards Body (BSI). This initiative and its free online resources and events are dedicated to sharing best practices, providing training, and facilitating knowledge sharing, discussion, and community building – acting as a one-stop shop to understand global AI standards activity and status, including how to contribute to the development of AI standards.

This talk will introduce the initiative and provide a deep dive on the relationship between current and upcoming standards and AI ethics.

What’s next? Discussions AI Ethics, Risks and Safety.
Panel Discussion.
Moderator: Ben Byford. Game Designer, AI Ethics Consultant and Podcast Host. The Machine Ethics Podcast



**The Conference Programme is subject to change**

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