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Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain among Discussion Topics at World Standards Week 2018


Register Now for October 15-19 Meetings and Special Events

TheAmerican National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced the discussion topics for its Legal Issues and Joint Member Forums during World Standards Week (WSW) 2018, to be held October 15-19 in Washington, DC. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to register online by Friday, October 12.

ANSI Legal Issues Forum: Legal and Ethical Issues of Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, October 16; 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC

This year's Legal Issues Forum focuses on the legal and ethical issues that arise when artificial intelligence (AI) - a transformative technology currently at the fore of innovative initiatives across nearly every sector of industry and society - is deployed to meet business/organizational goals.

Panelists will kick off the event with a broad philosophical look at the ethical considerations and societal issues that are emerging as AI permeates nearly everything we do. Then, bringing it to a more application-based focus, they will share insights on real-world legal and ethical issues they've encountered when integrating AI into their organizational practices - or when interacting with AI technologies implemented externally.

Attendees will be encouraged to share their own experiences and insights on any relevant standards, conformity assessment, and other best practices they can add to the discussions. While the Legal Issues Forum is traditionally geared toward an audience of standards organizations' general counsel and other legal interests, this year's topic is intended to draw a broad group of standards professionals, corporate leaders, and any other stakeholders interested in the issues that may arise as AI becomes ubiquitous in business practices and society as a whole.

ANSI Joint Member Forum:Empowered by Innovation

Tuesday, October 16; 9 am - 4:30 pm
FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC

The 2018 ANSI Joint Member Forum, "Empowered by Innovation: Cutting-Edge Technologies Driving Real-World Solutions," will explore concrete applications of two of the most transformative technologies propelling organizational/business advancement today: blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI). Expert panelists from a range of industries/sectors - including health care, ITC, transportation, shipping, food safety, and government - will share insights on real-world applications of these emerging technologies. And standardization leaders will offer perspectives on how standards and conformity assessment can help drive deployment and further innovation.

While serving as an integrated engagement opportunity for ANSI members across stakeholder groups (including standards developers, companies, trade associations, government agencies, consumer groups, and academia), the free Joint Member Forum is open to everyone with an interest in the real-world application of blockchain and AI technologies to meet their organizational goals. The intent is to bring together a highly diverse group of experts and participants to share unique perspectives and find common ground on these cross-cutting technological advancements.

About ANSI's World Standards Week

World Standards Week is the standardization community's premier annual gathering, with multiple forums, committee meetings, and special events designed to inspire open dialogue about issues related to standardization and conformity assessment.

The full schedule of World Standards Week 2018 events is posted at


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