Work 4.0: The legal aspects of digitalization

Opportunities and risks

The way people and machines interact in the modern working world is changing at a rapid rate. Artificial intelligence (AI), big Data, neural networks, Narrow AI and Deep Learning are influencing and enhancing many areas of work and life. In our daily lives, we both consciously and unconsciously use (partly) autonomous systems that can open up new types of solutions and make our lives easier but can also give rise to new hazards. The more autonomously a machine works, the more people hand over control of processes. 

But how intelligent are these new technologies and machines really? And how autonomously can we allow them to function? To what degree can machines intervene in processes of their own accord and who is held responsible when machines fail? Dr. Michael Neupert, Partner at the Kümmerlein law firm in Essen, Germany, summarizes in this video what changes and legal challenges increasing automation could pose for occupational safety in the future.