The Workshop is the starting point for a book project on “Smart technologies and fundamental rights”. Artificial intelligence (AI) involves new and substantial challenges for philosophers, legislators and judicial bodies. Indeed, not only technology and source codes should set the standards for computing and the development of self-learning machines capable of situational decision making (smart technology). Also moral principles, ethics and legal norms are of utmost importance for channelling scientific achievements towards what is good for humanity and social development. Philosophers, ethicists and lawyers need to work together to make inquiries into the complex questions brought about by new technology and to design suitable normative frameworks. The international workshop deals with issues concerning the subjects of legal rights and obligations, and on the content of fundamental rights relating to the activities of smart technology. Traditionally, only natural and legal persons have been considered subjects to law, but e.g. the integration of technology in support of human beings blurs the concept of natural person. Moreover, the rule of law dictates that with the power to decide comes a legal responsibility. On that note, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (EU-Charter), Article 47, establishes that anyone whose rights or freedoms have been violated has the right to an effective remedy before a tribunal. At first blush, legal remedies against smart technology causing damages may seem just. But, what responsibility can a machine have really, and are the legal sanctions known today purposeful at all with regards to smart technology? Alternatively, the company producing or programming the machine should be held responsible. Then again, smart technology learns and adapts, and consequently it might take decisions that no natural or legal person can possibly be morally and legally responsible for. Moreover, if machines are morally and legally responsible they should arguably also have legal rights. Swedish and international experts in the fields of philosophy, ethics, EU-law, criminal law, and AI-law will meet at the international Workshop and discuss specified questions.

Sponsors: Stiftelsen till Justitierådet Edvard Cassels mine, Svenska nätverket för europarättslig forskning (SNEF)