CIS – Colloquium Kay Firth-Butterfield

Global Governance of AI: More important than ever

Monday, Feb 8 2021 – 6:00 pm (CET) 

Global Governance of AI – more important than ever
In 2019 we saw the beginnings of tech last. Perhaps unfairly, as it was not always at the heart of what was being protested, AI took centre stage. In 2020, we have seen this come back, despite the pandemic, in objections to COVID apps, A level announcements and the new documentary on Netflix, The Social Dilemma, is bound to fuel the fire.

So, how do we secure the use of AI for Good to avoid losing its benefits? Can we achieve global governance for AI and if not what can we do?

Kay Firth-Butterfield is Head of AI and Machine Learning and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum. In the UK she is a Barrister (Doughty Street Chambers) and part-time Judge who has worked as a mediator, arbitrator, business owner and professor. In the United States, she has been a Professor of Law and International Relations and co-founded AI Global. She was the world’s first Chief AI Ethics officer in 2014 and created the AIEthics twitter hashtag. 

Kay is Vice-Chair, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and was part of the group which met at Asilomar to create the Asilomar AI Ethical Principles. Kay has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations.

Kay regularly speaks to international audiences addressing many aspects of these challenging technical, economic and social changes. She is a Master of the Inner Temple, London and serves on the Lord Chief Justice’s Advisory Panel on AI and Law.