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Machine Ethics Symposium

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Sept 7, 2018, 10 am - 5 pm

Machine ethics symposium focused on the practical application of ethical principles in AI, robotics, and blockchain.

“We must put human beings at the centre of the systems we are disrupting and developing, and create a values and cultural revolution as well as an industrial one.” 

– Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum Geneva

The human-machine interaction is becoming ever more profound and ubiquitous. The progress and proliferation of machine- and artificial-intelligence-powered technology from bots to assistant robots to autonomous vehicles is expected to be exponential. This makes understanding and implementing of principles that can guide machine behavior in concordance with human ethics—teaching AI how to act in kind ways—a discipline of utmost importance.

The FPP Machine Ethics Symposium is bringing to Prague a unique group of masterminds and luminaries of the field to deep-dive into the practical solutions of implementing Machine Ethics.

The Symposium is led and curated by Nell Watson, one of the foremost machine ethics experts, the co-founder of EthicsNet, a non-profit building a community with the purpose of co-creating a dataset for machine ethics algorithms, and AI Faculty at Singularity University.

Selected Speakers

  • Nell Watson

    Nell Watson

    Co-founder of EthicsNet


    An engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp), a machine learning-driven ‘AI for body measurement’. She lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving on the Faculty of AI & Robotics at Singularity University.

  • Wendell Wallach

    Wendell Wallach

    Robots ethicist


    Can robots be taught right from wrong? There is no one more better than Wendell Wallach, one of the world’s preeminent robot ethicists, to answer that question.

  • Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy

    Associate Professor at University of Louisville


    Dr. Yampolskiy has racked up an impressive academic career that has been dedicated to topics spanning the range from AI to cybersecurity to pattern recognition. His numerous teaching awards, however, promise that his talk will be both lively and exceptionally insightful.

  • Ryan Jenkins

    Senior fellow at the Ethics


    Ryan is a professor of philosophy and the questions he tries to answer have important real-world impacts. That’s because Ryan explores the ethical quandaries in emerging technologies such as automation, cyber warfare, autonomous weapons, and driverless cars; all things that have or will touch all our lives.

  • Anish Mohammed

    Anish Mohammed



    Anish is the epitome of the modern renaissance man. He’s worked as a medical doctor, bioinformatician, strategic consultant, and cryptographer, spending half his career researching cryptographic algorithms and protocols.

  • Skinner Layne

    Skinner Layne

    Exosphere Academy / Founding Rector


    Skinner Layne has broad experience in business, finance, technology, and politics, having consulted for NASDAQ companies, advised the campaigns of a U.S. Senator, and founded multiple startups. He’s lived in Latin America for nearly a decade and is a popular speaker for his contrarian views. Comes have a listen to his unique point of view.

  • Alžběta Krausová

    Alžběta Krausová

    Legal Researcher


    What are the legal implications of merging technology and organic life? Alžběta, who specializes in the legal aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics, and brain-computer interfaces, can shed light on the future of what was once just sci-fi as cyborgs and androids become part of our society.

About Machine Ethics

 The term Machine Ethics describes a variety of techniques designed to help machines such as computers and robots to make decisions that are more in line with the cultural and moral expectations of society.  Machine Ethics has the potential to become as significant to global society as the World Wide Web has been. Machines that understand human values can enable a profound shift in social welfare, economics, and mass psychology in the coming decade. This new sector of the economy will be as exciting and impactful in the 2020s as Blockchain and AI have been in recent years.

The participants in this symposium will have a unique opportunity to get in on the ground level, as luminaries in this space work together on technology strategy, community-building, and coordinating different resources, to ensure that this new technology domain is maximally sophisticated, evolutionary, inclusive, and as safe as possible.

Symposium Agenda

Friday, Sept 7, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm

Detailed schedule TBA

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