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Deadline for comments - Tuesday 15 August 2017
The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) has published its call for evidence. It has been appointed to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in AI and is looking for pragmatic solutions to the issues presented by AI. They welcome practical examples where possible and are interested in how AI is defined.
We invite you to send your comments to us by addressing the following specific questions:
The pace of technological change
What is the current state of artificial intelligence and what factors have contributed to this? How is it likely to develop over the next 5, 10 and 20 years? What factors, technical or societal, will accelerate or hinder this development?
Is the current level of excitement which surrounds artificial intelligence warranted?
Impact on society
3. How can the general public best be prepared for more widespread use of artificial intelligence?
In this question, you may wish to address issues such as the impact on everyday life, jobs, education and retraining needs, which skills will be most in demand, and the potential need for more significant social policy changes. You may also wish to address issues such as the impact on democracy, cyber security, privacy, and data ownership.
4. Who in society is gaining the most from the development and use of artificial intelligence and data? Who is gaining the least? How can potential disparities be mitigated?
5. Should efforts be made to improve the public’s understanding of, and engagement with, artificial intelligence? If so, how?
6. What are the key sectors that stand to benefit from the development and use of artificial intelligence? Which sectors do not?
In this question, you may also wish to address why some sectors stand to benefit over others, and what barriers there are for any sector looking to use artificial intelligence.
7. How can the data-based monopolies of some large corporations, and the ‘winner-takes-all’ economies associated with them, be addressed? How can data be managed and safeguarded to ensure it contributes to the public good and a well-functioning economy?
8. What are the ethical implications of the development and use of artificial intelligence? How can any negative implications be resolved?
In this question, you may wish to address issues such as privacy, consent, safety, diversity and the impact on democracy.
9. In what situations is a relative lack of transparency in artificial intelligence systems (so called ‘black boxing’) acceptable? When should it not be permissible?
The role of the Government
10. What role should the Government take in the development and use of artificial intelligence in the United Kingdom? Should artificial intelligence be regulated? If so, how?
Learning from others
11. What lessons can be learnt from other countries or international organisations (e.g. the European Union, the World Economic Forum) in their policy approach to artificial intelligence?
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Deadline for comments to the RCR: 28 August 2017.
Please note: all views submitted will be considered but may not necessarily be used.
To see responses we have submitted to other consultation documents, please look at our past consultation responses.