Robots and I: How will automation shape the Gigabit Age?


07 Feb 2017 18:00 to 20:00


BMW Brand Store
Boulevard de Waterloo 23-24
1000  Brussels



Event Description


How will automation shape the Gigabit Age?


Robots and I: Another event presented by the Vodafone Institute will take place in Brussels on February 7 with a stellar line up of international thinkers and robotics experts.

Robots And I: how will automation shape the Gigabit Age?

7 February 2017, 6:00 to 8.00 pm

BMW Brand Store, Boulevard de Waterloo 23-24, Brussels 1000

Doors open at 5.30pm, talks start at 6.00pm sharp, walking dinner to follow.

For registration, please contact Cindy De Koninck: cindy.dekoninck(at)

The European Parliament has urged the European Commission to put in place rules to ensure robots are and will remain in the service of humans. Are robots a threat to our lives and livelihoods? Could they be technology’s answer to many of humanity’s greatest challenges? Should robots have rights and who owns the data they collect?

The Vodafone Institute invites you to join a stellar line up of international thinkers to explore some big questions and challenge our assumptions about the impact of automation in the Gigabit Age.

Setting the scene:


Kate Darling

‘Mistress of Machines’
Expert in Robot Ethics, Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab




Johan Norberg

Author, Lecturer, Documentary Filmmaker
Author of ‘Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future’



Probing the possibilities:


Angelica Lim

A.I. roboticist, working at SoftBank Robotics





Professor Cecilia Laschi

Professor  of  Biorobotics  at  the BioRobotics  Institute of  the Scuola  Superiore  Sant’Anna



Tackling the tough questions:


Mady Delvaux-Stehres

Member of the European Parliament LSAP (Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party)




Juha Heikkilä

Head of Unit, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, DG CONNECT, European Commission




Aimee van WynsbergheAimee van Wynsberghe

Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at the University of Delft,
President of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics
Author of ‘Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design, and Implementation’


Hosted by:


Matthew Kirk

Chairman of the Advisory Board, Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
External Affairs Director and Member of the Executive Committee, Vodafone Group Plc



Moderated by:


Paulina Modlitba Söderlund Foto: Anna Gerdén

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund

Founder and CEO; We Should Be Friends AB
MIT Media Lab alum with a background in robot-human-interaction and service design