Research Seminar on Law and Technology in Energy Transformation in Milan

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"Regulating New Energy Transformation: AI, Robotics, and Cybernetic Avatars in Law" was a topic of my presentation at Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano).

During my presentation, I explored various applications of artificial intelligence solutions in energy, climate, and environment. I emphasised the policies implemented in both Europe and Japan, highlighting their shared goal of building human-centric AI based on trust. My central focus was to underscore the societal and environmental aspects of this framework, while also posing a critical question about eco-centric AI.

To address these needs, I specifically discussed Japan’s approach. Japan aims to tackle the social challenges faced by a mature society, including declining birthrates, an aging population, labor shortages, rural depopulation, and increased public spending. Within this context, AI is recognised as a key technology to address these pressing issues, aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

Furthermore, I introduced the concept of cybernetic avatars to the scholars attending the seminar. As we navigate the digital age, integrating cybernetic avatars offers a unique opportunity to enhance energy education, especially for children and youth. These avatars can serve as personalised mentors, providing real-time information, interactive learning experiences, and tailored guidance on sustainable energy choices. By engaging young individuals, cybernetic avatars contribute to greater knowledge retention and foster more informed and sustainable energy attitudes.

I am very grateful to colleagues from Polytechnic University of Milan, including Prof Stefano Moroni and Dr Anita De Franco, for the opportunity to share these insights during the seminar.