Registration is Now Open for "Bracing for Impact: The #ArtificialIntelligence Challenge"!

Registration is Now Open for "Bracing for Impact: The #ArtificialIntelligence Challenge"!

On February 2, 2018, IP Osgoode along with its partners, the York Centre for Public Policy & Law and the Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies, will host a full day conference entitled "Bracing for Impact - The Artificial Intelligence Challenge (A Road Map for AI Governance in Canada)".   The conference will focus on AI innovation, legal issues, cybersecurity and ethical considerations.   The participants of the conference include leading researchers in AI, legal scholars, practitioners and industry experts from Canada and around the world.

Bracing for Impact – The Artificial Intelligence Challenge (A Road Map for AI Governance in Canada)

Date: February 2, 2018

Location: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto, Canada

Time: Conference (9:00 AM to 4:30 PM); Cocktail Reception (4:30 PM to 6:00 PM)



Registration rates are as follows:
Students: $25+HST
General Admission: $75+HST
Live WebCast: $10+HST

Speakers and Panel Chairs will be registered on a complimentary basis. Please do not register if you are a speaker or panel chair.


Recent developments in artificial intelligence, and especially machine learning technology, automated vehicles, and genetic enhancement pose a challenge to governments in Canada and abroad. At the current stage, government policy regarding the possible technological changes must be studied.

The conference will focus on the following panel topics:

Panel I – AI – IP & Commercialization Issues

Future developments in the field of AI pose a challenge to intellectual property. The current legal regime does not offer protection for AI creations. Thus, registering AI patents and allocate copyright protection for AI inventions and works is not yet possible. Subsequently, AI creations might fall under the public domain. We wish to address these concerns and to offer new insights and suggestions for the upcoming era.

Panel II – AI & Industry

The Path of Law, as Justice Holmes articulated in his seminal paper, is in constant development – like the development of a planet – each generation taking the necessary step forward. Advancements in AI promise to change our society in the years to come and will drastically affect every aspect of our legal norms. It is therefore crucial for us to confront the legal issues that these advancements will doubtless give rise to and to aspire to create guidelines to help us navigate the inevitable changes to our society. In this regard, we hope that Canada can provide a road map for the legal treatment of AI issues in several key areas.

Panel III – Cybersecurity in the AI Era

Cybersecurity is quickly emerging as a crucial component of every nation's security efforts. Recent events around the world have proven the importance of developing the tools needed to face this challenge. AI poses both a risk and opportunity. This Panel will explore the possible changes in modern cybersecurity warfare in the AI era. In doing so, it will bring to the table several experts in the field in an effort to shape a better government cybersecurity policy for the next generation.

Panel IV – AI For Social Good

keeps widening as inequality grows markedly. Artificial Intelligence holds great potential for helping us to lessen these inequalities. While AI is often viewed as a threat to social justice, the opposite may in fact be true. Machine learning in language translation technology can collapse the barriers between third world countries and the West. Algorithmic decision-making can lessen the bias effects toward minority groups. From transportation, healthcare, agriculture to sustainably and governance - the positive applications of AI are unlimited in scope.