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... and justice for AIl

Ethics, Philosophy & Politics
Talk (long session)
South Hall 2B
12:10 on 10 July 2024
45 minutes


„Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact.“ - Marie Lu, Warcross

We live in times that have quite a lot of those science facts- even if hoverboards sadly are not part of them- and now have to deal with this new world and all it’s changes for better or for worse. There are unsettling deepfakes, stunning Cap-Set-Problem-solving language models and the question of artificial conscience. Developers might be able to navigate the turbulences of AI evolution, but are you brave enough to take on the quest of untangling the nebulous scriptures of law that are known to the chaotic neutral wordwizards of the council of Europa as the „AI Act“?

Accompany me on a journey through the valleys of risk-based AI categories, over the sea of subsectional articles and to the top of mount ethic, as we strive to understand the possibilities the AI Act gives our bold heroes to defy the boundaries of innovation, protect the villagers of the EU and construct (legally) safe software.

The Proposal for the European Artificial Intelligence Act takes 272 Pages of legalese to work through. This talk will give a short overview of what the European AI Act is and about the purpose and necessity of a globally harmonised legal system. Hopefully it will give an understanding about the main goals of the act, which are, spoiler alert, ensuring AI safety, the protection of fundamental rights, and legal clarity for businesses and developers (which is probably you). Let us discuss, how developers can shield fundamental rights by writing ethical AI Systems whilst navigating the regulatory landscape and staying tuned with legal development as well.

The speaker

Martina Guttau-Zielke

Martina Guttau-Zielke

Born in 1987 I grew up in Germany raised by a single, unemployed mother, without any educational background or wealth. Regardless, my mother put a lot of effort into my education, even as we struggled financially, and I was able to attend university and study law in 2009. Besides studying I committed to honorary posts at the European Law Students’ Association and cared for my mother, who became ill. I even had to take a two-year-break from university to tend to her and go working at a hairdresser’s in full employment. Shortly before I could write my final exams, I gave birth to my first child in 2017 and to the second one in 2020. I stayed home a while and restarted university in September 2023. My key area of focus is Media Law, which includes the areas of IT, Data Security, Intellectual Property and many more. Other than my studies and my little goblin children, my hobbies include reading (mostly science fiction and fantasy), pen and paper rpg, watching Buffy for the umphthousandth time, sewing and the dream of someday exercising martial arts again.