House of Lords committee calls for AI code of ethics

AI ethics call by UK House of Lords after Cambridge Analytica scandal

AI ethics call by UK House of Lords after Cambridge Analytica scandal

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has the power to become a highly disruptive force in many industries, and the United Kingdom is in pole position to become a world leader when it comes to the development and deployment of this technology. We get regular virtue-signalling from United Kingdom politicians on telecoms stuff such as fibre and 5G and now they've chose to show how all over AI they are.

That was the conclusions of a new report on AI from the House of Lords Select Committee. It went off and commissioned a report created to give us some top tips to avoid cybergeddon.

ETHICS MUST BE at the heart of artificial intelligence (AI) development in order to ensure smart tech benefits rather than derails humanity.

The report also concluded that the government must invest in training people to limit the number of jobs lost to AI, while individuals should be given more control of their personal data - which, of course, will become a factor from next month with GDPR anyway. Anyone who tries any AI amusing business will have a small group of aristocrats and veteran politicians to answer to from now on.

"The UK has a unique opportunity to shape AI positively for the public's benefit and to lead the worldwide community in AI's ethical development, rather than passively accept its consequences", said Lord Clement-Jones, chairman of the committee.

"The UK contains leading AI companies, a dynamic academic research culture, and a vigorous start-up ecosystem as well as a host of legal, ethical, financial and linguistic strengths".

'An ethical approach ensures the public trusts this technology and sees the benefits of using it. "We should make the most of this environment, but it is essential that ethics take centre stage in AI's development and use".

However committee chair Lord Clement-Jones (DLA Piper partner Timothy Clement-Jones) noted that: "AI is not without its risks and the adoption of the principles proposed by the committee will help to mitigate these'".

When the committee launched a year ago, Lord Clement-Jones told NS Tech: "Artificial intelligence is one of the most important issues of the age; it's time that parliamentarians got to grips with it". Our recommendations for a growth fund for SMEs and changes to the immigration system will help to do this. "We've asked whether the United Kingdom is ready willing and able to take advantage of AI. With our recommendations, it will be".

It also recommends that more is done to protect people's data rights and choices in an age of AI.

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