Code: 1 hour (for Scottish Solicitors and Advocates)
A meeting of the Scottish SCL - free to attend and open to all
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Time: 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm (Registration from 5.30 pm)
Venue: Turcan Connell, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9EE Map
Speaker: Stephen Mason
Humans have made life very complicated. Software code now controls our lives, in power stations, refineries, medical devices, and banking to mention just a few areas. Motor vehicles are largely controlled by software, and aircraft totally controlled by software. People have been injured and killed because of the failure of software – indeed, 2 people have recently been killed by motor vehicles in England and have been the subject of a Coroner’s hearing and a prosecution.
The concept of artificial intelligence was first considered as the topic of a proposal dated 31 August 1955 for a ‘2 month, 10 man study of artificial intelligence be carried out during the summer of 1956 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire’. This talk will consider, at a high level of generality, the meaning of intelligence; consider some definitions of artificial intelligence and how to test for artificial intelligence; outline the criticisms, and will then consider how judges and lawyers should be responding to the world in which we live.
This event is free to attend (members and non-members welcome). To book a place please e-mail [email protected]