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Artificial Intelligence Ethics & AI's Future UK Summit

Artificial Intelligence Ethics & the UK's AI Future

On the 13th December 2017, we attended the techUK Digital Ethics Summit, which was part of the techUK's ArtificiaI Intelligence week: Considering the UK's AI Future. The summit was held at County Hall, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London from 9.30am to 18.00pm.

It was a brilliant Summit with a fantastic line up of speakers and panel discussions. It was also great for us to hear AI progress in the UK, as well as catch up with fellow AI people and meet new individuals in the AI space. Thanks so much to techUK for hosting a fantastic event and to all the speakers and panelists for all the discussions and insights. The post event write up will appear on the full release of AiLab.

Business event summary

This event will discuss the ethical issues raised by Artificial Intelligence and consider the key digital and data ethics questions being asked today by the use of AI. It will bring together philosophers, academics, industry and policy makers to consider the digital and data ethics questions being asked today by the use of AI and identify future ethical issues that may need to be addressed moving forward.

This Summit is being organised in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, British Academy, University of Oxford Data Ethics Lab, Open Data Institute, The Alan Turing Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and sponsored by Microsoft, The Nuffield Foundation and Yoti. The event will also bring together a number of current conversations and efforts around digital ethics happening in the UK, Europe and globally and consider how and where partners could work together and current activities might be scaled up.

Artificial Intelligence themes

The agenda for the day focussed on four key themes which included: AI and the Law; AI and Design; AI and Foresight; and AI and Leadership.


Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers throughout the day included presentations from:

  • Antony Walker: Deputy CEO at techUK
  • Martha Lane Fox: Founder and Executive Chair at Doteveryone
  • Dr. M-H. Carolyn Nguyen: Director of Technology Policy at Microsoft
  • Elizabeth Denham: Information Commissioner at Information Commissioner's Office
  • Tim Gardam: Chief Executive at Nuffield Foundation (Social wellbeing & data ethics: A Nuffield Foundation initiative on the social impact of data, algorithms & AI).

There was also a firseide chat with The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP: Minister of State for Digital, DCMS, where the Minister spoke of the launch of the UK Governments new, world-first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.


Panel discussions

The panels throughout the day included discussions around the following topics:

Topic 1: What if the current AI landscape and how to ensure ethical foresight?

Panelists: Sue Daley: Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI at techUK; Professor Luciano Floridi: Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Director of Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute at University of Oxford; Dr. Stephen Cave: Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at University of Cambridge; Dr. Claire Craig: Director of Science Policy at Royal Society; George Zarkadakis: Digital Lead at Willis Towers Watson and Rob McCargow: Programme Leader, Artificial Intelligence at PwC.



Topic 2: How do we ember an ethics by design approach?

Panelists: Hetan Shah: Executive Director at The Royal Statistical Society; Robin Tombs: CEO at Yoti; James Kidner: Director of Partnership at Improbable; Kriti Sharma: VP Aritificial Intelligence at Sage; Tabitha Goldstaub: Co-Founder at Cognitionx; Elizabeth Denham: Information Commissioner at Information Commissioner's Office and Stephen Deadman: Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook.



Topic 3: Positioning the UK for ethical leadership

Panelists: Sue Daley: Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI at techUK; Dr. Natalie Banner: Policy Advisor at Wellcome Trust; Ollie Buckley: Deputy Director Digital Charter & Data Ethics at DCMS; Dr. Jeni Tennison OBE: CEO at Open Data Institute and Richard Ward: Government & Regulatory Affairs at IBM.



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