MC live in person
Sicelo Kula, Michalsons Lexing, South Africa
To Enliven our brains
Countries around the world are introducing legislation to regulate AI. Europe is close to passing the Artificial Intelligence Act and many countries will enact something similar. Hear from Alain, who is the global thought leader on this topic.
Keynote address: French to English translation available. Duration: 60 mins
Technology companies are betting on the metaverse and many are saying it will have as big an impact as what the Internet had on the world. But how do we regulate it? Do we need new laws or will existing laws also apply in the metaverse?
TED Style talk | Duration: 40 minutes
Virtual reality is already a thing and raises many interesting legal issues. It will also be a key component to powering the metaverse. How do we regulate it? A digital twin is a virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object, process or person.
TED Style talk | Duration: 40 minutes
Speakers live on the verse:
John Giles, Michalsons Lexing South Africa
The future of AI is in the Middle East and Africa.
Many countries in the region have heeded this call by advancing their national development plans to provide for a future in which AI plays a significant role.
Yet, we know that AI can harm people and organisations. So, it must be regulated.
But the world’s grappling with how to regulate AI. The reason is that it’s an advanced and dynamic technology. There’s also the difficult task of balancing human rights against technological advancement. Plus, regulators need to navigate the power asymmetries between consumers and technology companies.
While the EU is close to passing the Artificial Intelligence Act, surely the MEA region could also lead AI regulation. Or, it could follow what’s happening in the EU.
The essence is that businesses should respond proactively to AI regulations by developing a robust AI governance programme that informs the AI lifecycle.
Decision-making has always been an important part of commercial life. Organisations have to make decisions about their customers and employees on a daily basis. In the past, most of these decisions have been made manually by human beings. It is arguable whether human beings make good or bad decisions but in recent times we have seen that more and more decision-making is being automated – in various forms. This means that decisions are no longer made by human beings but the actual decision-making process is automated.
Big data needs artificial intelligence in order to make sense of it. Many organisations are feeding big data to artificial intelligence (AI) to create profiles and then through machine learning the AI is making autonomous decisions (a type of automated decision) about data subjects that have serious consequences for them. The machines are deciding what insurance people get, if and how much credit they get, what to watch, what to buy, what gets marketed to them, what political messages they receive. This has obvious potential to cause harm.
How do we know that the machine, robot or AI is not discriminating or being biased? What happens if it makes a mistake? Understandably people are concerned that machines should not be making decisions about humans without the necessary protection being in place. Machines and artificial intelligence will struggle to distinguish between right and wrong.
This is why the law has introduced regulations relating to automated decision-making. There are data protection laws that regulate how AI makes automated decisions and it is important that you (as a controller) ensure your decision-making is lawful.
These days, everything’s a game.
One of the core uses of technology is to streamline the ever-more-complicated human world. Things that used to require separate trips, separate buildings – even separate parts of the city – can now be done in one place, on one device. You can bank, shop, communicate and play games on your phone, and these once-distant spheres of your life have been bundled together, merged and overlapping.
And so have the laws regulating them.
The result of this is that areas of law that were once far and distinct from each other have steadily crept closer together, causing businesses to have to pay attention to areas they had likely not considered before. Businesses that never set out to get involved in digital entertainment are now finding themselves heavily invested in these relationships as they follow their customers into social media, video games, streaming, and more.
You may not be focusing on digital entertainment law, but digital entertainment law is certainly focusing on you.
Let’s get moving, talking, and laughing.
Why the metaverse is the biggest opportunity at hand in almost three decades (but then again, perhaps it isn’t). The myriad of opportunities for new branding, sponsorship and marketing, as well as content creation. And for creating new routes to marketing and distribution solutions. As an investor, I understand the underlying utility and application of these platforms which will result in disproportionate growth and returns. “Beam me up, Scotty.”
Keynote | Duration: 30 minutes
Speaker live from Cape Town
Mike Abel, Founder & Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi Abel,
The processing or analysis of big data or big data analytics can have huge benefits for consumers (including previously underserved communities) and society. It can also bring great rewards to controllers (or organisations that are data-driven). However, when using big data you must mitigate and manage the related risks. If the big data contains personal data, you must comply with data protection law. You must comply with any applicable sector laws and you should consider implementing the good practices many authorities recommend.
Data protection does not mean the end of big data but you must be careful because otherwise, you’ll get into big trouble.
Panel discussion | Duration: 30 minutes
Panel Moderator: David Luyt, Michalsons
Ryan Manyika, Senior Partner Engineer | CIPP/E | CIPM, OneTrust
Mark Heyink, Michalsons Lexing
Bongani Matshika, Data Privacy Specialist, Standard Bank
A discussion about the key insights and take-home points from the conference. Discussion, questions, ideas and solutions from the audience. What next for the Lexverse and the topics we have explored? Feedback from the audience.
Q&A | Duration 30 Minutes
Speakers live in person from Cape Town:
Sarah Buerger, Lisa Emma-Iwuoha, John Giles, Michalsons Lexing