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NESTA: Computer Says No: justice, accountability and clarity in the age of algorithms

February 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free, booking required

We’re delighted to invite you to an evening of discussion on the ethical implications of algorithm-supported decisions impacting our lives and how increasingly sophisticated learning machines may fundamentally change our existing systems of law.

Algorithms and advanced machine learning systems are being used more and more to inform sensitive, life changing decisions. They are relied on by our employers, governments, and even healthcare providers. But like people these systems are not free of bias. It can be very complicated, even impossible to understand how they arrived at a decision.

Learning systems, though designed by humans, continually learn and adapt in ways we cannot predict. They can drive our cars, anticipate our risk of hospitalisation or committing crimes. But as they start to operate more independently how do we make sure they keep doing what they are supposed to?


  • Mireille Hildebrandt, Professor of Interfacing Law and Technology, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
  • Burkhard Schafer, Professor of Computational Legal Theory, University of Edinburgh
  • Sally Applin, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, University of Kent

Chaired by Lydia Nicholas, Senior Researcher, Nesta

Registration opens at 18.00 and the event will start promptly at 18.30

Click here to register and book your place.



February 1, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, booking required
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1 Plough Place
London , EC4A 1DE United Kingdom

Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.