The pervasiveness of new technologies and their applications
is blurring the boundaries between human and machine, between online
and offline activities, between the physical and the virtual world,
between the natural and the artificial, and between reality and
This report explores social, ethical and legal consequences
of technological convergence, artificial intelligence and robotics
from the perspective of human rights. Safeguarding human dignity
in the 21st century will require developing new forms of governance,
new forms of open, informed and adversarial public debate, new legislative
mechanisms and above all the establishment of international co-operation.
The report makes a number of recommendations for action within the
Council of Europe and calls for close co-operation with the institutions
of the European Union and UNESCO to ensure a consistent legal framework
and effective supervisory mechanisms at international level.