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posted by janrinok on Friday October 14 2016, @05:28PM   Printer-friendly
from the avoiding-Samaritan dept.

The UK government has been urged to establish an AI ethics board to tackle the creeping influence of machine learning on society.

The call comes from a Robotics and Artificial Intelligence report published yesterday by the the House of Commons science and technology select committee. It quotes experts who warned the panel that AI "raises a host of ethical and legal issues".

"We recommend that a standing Commission on Artificial Intelligence be established, based at the Alan Turing Institute, to examine the social, ethical and legal implications of recent and potential developments in AI," the report said.

It highlighted that methods are required to verify that AI systems are operating in a transparent manner, to make sure that their behaviour is not unpredictable, and that any decisions made can be explained.

Innovate UK – an agency of UK.gov's Department of Business – said that "no clear paths exist for the verification and validation of autonomous systems whose behaviour changes with time."

They think they can stop Samaritan?


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  • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Friday October 14 2016, @06:53PM

    by RamiK (1813) on Friday October 14 2016, @06:53PM (#414405)

    To what end? What could the board possibly accomplish? They can't influence foreign corporations or governments regarding anything to do with AI. Worse, with Brexit underway they can't even force the EU to adopt some kind of product regulations as part of the common market.

    If they'll cut research funding, plenty of governments will recruit the researchers to their own universities.

    Honestly, a tribal village elder has as much a say to the price of tea in China as the UK government has a hand in shaping artificial intelligence research world-wide.

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  • (Score: 2) by Murdoc on Friday October 14 2016, @11:44PM

    by Murdoc (2518) on Friday October 14 2016, @11:44PM (#414478)

    I don't believe that the purpose of the board is to directly affect anything. It's just for research. Then, once that research is available, then governments like the UK and possibly others can use that research as the basis for their policy decisions, whether just in their own countries, or in the formation of international treaties. Other countries will of course have the option of creating their own commissions to verify or invalidate their research, but it's a step in the right direction I think, and hopefully humanity will come to conclusions that will lead to better legislation in this area for the benefit of all, insofar as you may or may not have faith that humanity can do that at all in any area, but assuming it is possible, this would be the first step in doing so.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @05:28PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @05:28PM (#414616)

      Nah:

      The call comes from a Robotics and Artificial Intelligence report published yesterday by the the House of Commons science and technology select committee. It quotes experts who warned the panel that AI “raises a host of ethical and legal issues”.

      Try again.