Editorial

New board appointed at UK’s Artificial Intelligence Ethics Body

Robert Winston, Dame Patricia Hodgson and Kriti Sharma are among the expert advisers appointed to shape the work of the world’s first so-say AI ‘Centre for Ethics and Innovation’

Posted 21 November 2018 by

A new body to “make sure the UK is leading the debate on how data-driven technologies are used for the maximum benefit of society” was announced by the government yesterday.

With is new ‘Centre for Ethics and Innovation’, Whitehall sees a clear opportunity to help establish the UK as a leader in the development of “ethical, safe and innovative uses” of data and AI (Artificial Intelligence), which HMG quotes could contribute as much as £232bn to the UK economy by 2030.

The Centre is being set up as an independent adviser to Government to make sure the country has a governance regime which fully supports ethical and innovative uses of technology, the government promises, adding that it  will deliver its work through “extensive engagement” with industry, regulators, civil society and the public.

The board is chaired by the ounder of healthcare data firm Dr Foster Roger Taylor, and includes experts from academia and industry such as Lord (Robert) Winston, world renowned expert in fertility and genetics and well-known TV science populariser, as well as former head of Ofcom Dame Patricia Hodgson and Sage Group’s head of AI, Kriti Sharma.

“We are a world-leader in Artificial Intelligence and our modern Industrial Strategy puts pioneering technologies at the heart of our plans to build a Britain which is fit for the future,” claimed Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright.

“But it is crucial that the public have confidence it is being used to improve people’s lives and we have the right expertise and framework in place to maximise its potential.”