The rise of AI could be a great British story. But let’s do it the right way

When the epidemic spreads, the cost of living and vacation time, it is easy to lose the good news. However, something is happening in the UK.

The government announced on Thursday that it was investing up to £ 23m in developing artificial intelligence (AI) skills by creating up to 2,000 scholarships across the UK. This supports master conversion courses for non-Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degree holders.

Tabita Goldstowb, chairwoman of the Government AI Council and adviser to the Alan Touring Institute, said:

This investment in education and opportunities is just one of several steps in the 10-year AI national strategy, which aims to make Britain the world leader in AI. We are not alone; According to the AI ​​Dashboard on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), many other countries are looking forward to the same award.

Leading contenders in the competition are the United States and China, which have large populations and deep pockets, while the European Union (EU) has a long history of developing data protection rules and regulations. At the very least, the United Kingdom needs to find a way to beat it.

The symptoms are promising. AI is already an unstoppable force in our economy. According to Tech Nation, there are more than 1,300 AI companies in the UK. According to a government study published last month, UK businesses will spend 63 63 billion on AI technology and AI-related services by 2020 alone. That figure is expected to reach more than 200 200 billion by 2040.

However, in order to take advantage of this opportunity and understand its risks – we need to improve the way we train and train our human resources. This can be difficult because AI is surrounded by a lot of encouragement and mixed messages. Who would have thought that AI would be a “profound change beyond fire or light” (Google CEO Sundar Pichai) “The End of Mankind” (Professor Stephen Hawking) Founder).

Some AI researchers make a more cautious sound, saying that AI is only “stats on steroids” (Dr. Meredith Brosard) and “not artificial or intelligent” (Dr. Kate Crawford). As Professor Stuart Russell explored in a speech to the BBC in December, everyone agreed that AI would change how we work, live, wage war, and even become human.

When it comes to becoming a world leader in AI, the UK has to choose between setting ethics or leaving it as an alternative. This is not a choice between being immoral or being immoral; Instead, the regulation raises concerns that it may hinder innovation, especially if other countries do not prioritize ethics in their approach to AI.

However, ethics is more than just rules and regulations, obedience and affirmations. It is about shaping the world we live in. Sir Tim Burners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web in 2018, explains: Everything should be put in place as we think it would be a good idea as part of our community.

Again, it was too early. A new role is being played in our economy. Her shape is still being sculpted. Are you an ethnographer? An ethics professional working in technology? Can anyone call himself a technologist or is it a place where he is anointed?

Instead of focusing on what the ethics of technology are, consider what they do. They may be trained in law, data science, design or philosophy, or artists and designers. They can be employed by universities (and not just in the Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science) or by working in thought, non-governmental organizations, private companies or any government body. Roles such as researcher, software developer, and project manager can be given new meaning. Or they may have new responsibilities such as responsible AI management, algorithm reporter or AI ethic expert.

Government websites are working every day to ensure access to all UK residents or to force the government to identify algorithms used to identify people with disabilities as well as fraudulent checks and annoying bureaucracies for months. They are investigating open source spying on crime, terrorism and human rights abuses, or improving access to health care or protecting children online. They are working on virtual reality and are developing and building reality – and about – metvas.

Some of the world’s leading technologists are either educated and trained in the UK or are currently working here. This gives us a unique opportunity to draw on their ability to ensure that ethics are included in our AI strategy rather than being seen as a picker or bolt.

This is more than just changing our curriculum or new ways of working. It is to create the future.

Stephanie Hare is a researcher and distributor. It is her new book. Technology is not neutral A brief guide to technology ethics

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