The Code of Computer Intelligence for sustainable agriculture
PhD student: Mr I. Val
Promotor: Mrs Prof J.A.W. van Zeben
Duration: 1/9/2022 - 31/8/2026
The promise of increased efficiency and output makes the expansion of AI into our food systems seem certain at this point. Correspondingly, a novel technology can lead to new disputes over rights and thus to new legal conundrums. With this research I want to develop insights into whether the emerging European legal framework that will be applicable to AI in food systems leaves us with open pockets of legal uncertainty, inefficiency or injustice. To
attain this objective I would like to answer the question: Does the (upcoming) EU law applicable to AI [e.g. the AI act, and AI Liability Directive] leave open pockets of legal uncertainty, inefficiency, or injustice, specifically with respect to sustainability in the agri-food sector? To answer this question, I will answer the following sub-questions: - What do the terms AI and Sustainability mean conceptually and how are they defined legally? - What are foreseeable legal
indeterminacies in the AI act that could potentially lead to legal cases? - What are potential enforcement mechanisms for sustainable use of AI and how efficient are they in internalising otherwise externalised costs? - To what extent can the introduction of AI and ubiquitous computation enable more comprehensive and just regulation of sustainability? The first objective of this research is to identify remaining gaps that may create legal uncertainty of important parts of the EUs emerging legal framework on AI. The second objective is to explore whether regulation or utilization of AI could in theory strengthen the sustainability of the agri-food sector.