Lords to probe ethics of artificial intelligence

akarb – Fotolia The House of Lords Select Committee on artificial intelligence has issued a call for evidence as it looks into the ethical, social and economic impact of the technology The House of Lords Select Committee on artificial intelligence (AI) has called for academia, industry, technologists and the general public to have their say on the ethical, social and economic impact of advances in AI. The committee, which was appointed at the end of June 2017, will begin hearing oral evidence in the autumn, and must report by 31 March 2018. “This inquiry comes at a time when artificial intelligence is increasingly seizing the attention of industry, policymakers and the general public,” said committee chair and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Clement-Jones. “The Committee wants to use this inquiry to understand what opportunities exist for society in the development and use of artificial intelligence, as well as what risks there might be. “We are looking to be pragmatic in our approach, and want to make sure our recommendations to government and others will be practical and sensible. There are significant questions to address relevant to both the present and the future, and we want to help inform the answers to them,” he…


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