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Open Caucus

In the spring of 2014, the Senate Liberals began our Open Caucus initiative. The goal of these meetings is to foster nonpartisan discussion on issues facing our country. We invite all parliamentarians as well as the public to take part in the discussion with a panel of experts on any given topic, and focus informing ourselves and others on matters that are important to Canadians.


Open Caucus Themes

  • March 29, 2017—Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Part 1: Advantages and Challenges

    In the spring of 2014, the Senate Liberals opened our Caucus doors to Canadians. Through our Open Caucus initiative we are learning, discussing and debating issues of national importance. This effort is hosted by the Senate Liberal Caucus but is intended to be non-partisan.

    On March 29th, we invited you to join us in a discussion on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Technological advancements in these fields will alter the way we live and work. Canada is one of the leaders of AI research with the industry positively contributing towards hi-tech innovation. However, as robots replace human labour these technological developments will challenge the livelihood and living standards of middle and low-wage income earners. There are debates regarding how to foster innovation in the field of robotics while ethically maximizing the social benefits of robotic and AI integration. Therefore, we will discuss which strategies the Canadian government should take to address the advantages and challenges that will arise from the proliferation of robotics and AI into Canadian society.

    Witnesses included:

    AJung Moon: Founder, Open Roboethics Initiative
    Sunil Johal: Policy Director, Mowat Centre
    Erica Tiberia: Entrepreneur, Roboticist, and Creative Technologist
    Ian Kerr: Canada Research Chair, Ethics, Law & Technology


    This meeting took place:
    Wednesday March 29th, 2017
    9:15 am – 11:15 am
    Room 160S, Centre Block

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