Researchers in law, ethics and technology will discuss legal and ethical issues of artificial intelligence and human emotional data in an international conference organized at the University of Lapland on June 6, 2023.
Technological applications currently use different kind of sensors to
identify human emotion, such as emotional states, movements, facial
expressions and body temperatures. This data could be used, for example,
to produce products, to surveil dangerous situations, to make
work spaces comfortable, to assess insurance risks, or in process of job
applications or assistance of elderly.
The intrusive technologies
and the collection and use of such sensitive and personal data involve
many questions from legal and ethical perspectives: the topic must be
examined from the perspectives of data protection, information security,
GDPR, liability of artificial intelligence, intellectual property,
trade secrecy, and even national security, among others.
Ethical and Legal aspects on Human-Technology Interoperability and AI
Processing of Emotional Data conference organized at the University of
Lapland, researchers of data protection and internet law will discuss
the relationship between artificial intelligence and emotional data. The
keynote speakers are from the Netherlands, the United States and
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation Arno
Lodder from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands will
speak about artificial intelligence and the General Data Protection
Regulation (GDPR): what is the significance of data protection
regulation when artificial intelligence uses emotional data?
of Law Woodrow Hartzog from the University of Boston in the United
States will talk about the duty of loyalty for emotion data. Currently,
data privacy law fails to stop companies from engaging in self-serving,
opportunistic behavior at the expense of those who trust them with data
about their emotions, affect, and other sensitive bodily data. Academics
and policymakers have recently proposed a possible solution: require
those entrusted with people's data and online experiences to be loyal to
those who trust them. Such a duty would be a revolution in data privacy
and A.I. law.
Associate Professor of Internet Law Hingh, A.E. de
will discuss the use of artificial intelligence in preventing online
grooming (i.e. the online solicitation of children for sexual purposes).
In Europe, there are different kind of actions which utilize A.I. to
detect online grooming. Associate Professor Hingh, A.E. de will address
the consequences of this type of regulation.
Professor Rosa Ballardini and University Researcher Rob van den Hoven
van Genderen from the University of Lapland will speak about the legal
challenges of artificial intelligence and emotional data; and
Postdoctoral Researcher Béatrice Schütte will speak about the possible
damage caused by emotionally intelligent artificial intelligence. In
addition, there will be a video speech by Professor Ryan Calo from the
University of Washington on socio-digital vulnerability.
conference will be held at the University of Lapland on Tuesday, June 6,
2023. It is part of the Business Finland funded Human-technology
interoperability and artificial emotional Intelligence (HIPE) research
project. The project aims to develop emotionally intelligent and
integrated services for physical spaces with the cooperation of VTT, the
Faculty of Law of the University of Lapland, and business partners. The
legal part of the project examines the legal and ethical issues related
to such services.
Rob van den Hoven van Genderen, University Researcher, rob.vandenhovenvangenderen (at) switchlegal.nl
Rosa Ballardini, Professor, rosa.ballardini (at) ulapland.fi