CEPS Task Force

Artificial Intelligence

Ethics, governance and policy challenges


This Task Force tries to bring back the AI debate to a more concrete discussion of outstanding ethical, governance and policy challenges. The Task Force will focus in particular on EU policy, but will also look at developments in other parts of the world.

Artificial intelligence has finally reached its “hype” phase, with countless experts, real and self-proclaimed gurus, and also generalist newspapers, blogs, magazines becoming more and more attentive to its breathtaking development.

Too often, however, the current debate falls short of addressing concrete policy challenges.

Sometimes, the discussion appears trapped into extreme cases such as the “trolley problem” for self-driving cars; or the possibility that artificial general intelligence surpasses human intelligence.

This often leads to a rather dystopian view of AI as an existential risk for humanity and also as an unprecedented job-killer. At the same time, it leaves important ethical, governance and policy questions unaddressed.

These issues are wide-ranging, encompassing the liability, accountability and transparency of algorithm developers, the attribution of rights and duties to smart autonomous robots, the design of an innovation-friendly data policy for AI-enabled applications and most importantly, the empowerment of all citizens and end users, thanks to a widespread diffusion of socially relevant AI-enabled innovation.

Rapporteur: Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

1st Meeting

  • Topic: What is the state of AI? Stocktaking with experts from various academic backgrounds. Presentations by the European Commission and the European Parliament, in view of the upcoming Communication on AI
  • Date: 18 June 2018

2nd Meeting

  • Topic: AI Between Ethics and Economics. Liability, Innovation and User Empowerment Issues
  • Date: 9 July 2018

3rd Meeting

  • Topic: Standardization and Industry Developments in the AI and Machine Learning Domain. Algorithmic Transparency and accountability options
  • Date: July 2018

4th Meeting

  • Topic: The governance of AI: ensuring fruitful public-private cooperation and future-proof public policy
  • Date: August 2018

5th Meeting

  • Topic: Presentation of the Final Report
  • Date: September 2018

How to join
Download the Prospectus, consult the conditions for participation, fill in the application form and return it to Ada Modzelewska.
For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andrea Renda, Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS by email at: andrea.renda@ceps.eu.

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

+32 (0)2 229 39 17

Ada Modzelewska