Trilateral Research Ltd When AI, big data, ethics and human rights converge

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"Artificial intelligence and big data analytics bring a variety of benefits to society, but at the same time have the potential to disrupt society, ethical values and human rights, and life as we know it", says Bernd Stahl, Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University and co-ordinator of the SHERPA project. "The EU-funded SHERPA project examines these issues and is working to enhance the responsible development of such technologies." On 2-3 May 2018, representatives of 11 different organisations (from academia, industry, civil society, standards bodies, and ethics committees) from six European countries met in Brussels to launch the EU-funded SHERPA project which will examine how smart information systems (SIS), (i.e., the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics) impact ethics and human rights. In dialogue with stakeholders, the project will develop novel ways to understand and address ethical and human rights challenges to find desirable and sustainable solutions that can benefit both innovators and society. Researchers and innovators want to experiment with AI and big data analytics and devise new solutions that avoid ethical and regulatory barriers.


When AI, big data, ethics and human rights converge News CORDIS European Commission

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"Artificial intelligence and big data analytics bring a variety of benefits to society, but at the same time have the potential to disrupt society, ethical values and human rights, and life as we know it," says Bernd Stahl, Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University and coordinator of the SHERPA project. "The EU-funded SHERPA project examines these issues and is working to enhance the responsible development of such technologies." On 2-3 May 2018, representatives of 11 different organisations (from academia, industry, civil society, standards bodies and ethics committees) from 6 European countries met in Brussels to launch the EU-funded SHERPA project which will examine how smart information systems (SIS) (i.e. the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics) impact ethics and human rights. In dialogue with stakeholders, the project will develop novel ways to understand and address ethical and human rights challenges to find desirable and sustainable solutions that can benefit both innovators and society. Researchers and innovators want to experiment with AI and big data analytics and devise new solutions that avoid ethical and regulatory barriers.


Using "The Machine Stops" for Teaching Ethics in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science

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A key front for ethical questions in artificial intelligence, and computer science more generally, is teaching students how to engage with the questions they will face in their professional careers based on the tools and technologies we teach them.  In past work (and current teaching) we have advocated for the use of science fiction as an appropriate tool which enables AI researchers to engage students and the public on the current state and potential impacts of AI. We present teaching suggestions for E.M. Forster's 1909 story, "The Machine Stops," to teach topics in computer ethics.  In particular, we use the story to examine ethical issues related to being constantly available for remote contact, physically isolated, and dependent on a machine --- all without mentioning computer games or other media to which students have strong emotional associations. We give a high-level view of common ethical theories and indicate how they inform the questions raised by the story and afford a structure for thinking about how to address them.


Sherpa Launches Commission Free Insurance

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Sherpa launches its first consumer offering, a tailored one-stop solution to offer 3 different Life Insurance and Critical Illness products in a single account on 31st October. Sherpa's initial target market are the self-employed, freelancers and contractors. Sherpa gives its members access to commission free cover and a degree of flexibility that is designed specifically around the needs of the self-employed. This reduces the overall cost whilst removing the insurance industry's traditional reliance on upselling new products to drive profits. Instead of commission Sherpa charges a simple monthly subscription fee for access to insurance cover and regulated advice.


Artificial Intelligence: What's Human Rights Got To Do With It?

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This is the second blogpost in a series on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights, co-authored by: Christiaan van Veen (Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law) & Corinne Cath (Oxford Internet Institute and Alan Turing Institute). Why are human rights relevant to the debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI)? That question was at the heart of a workshop at Data & Society on April 26 and 27 about'AI and Human Rights,' organized by Dr. Mark Latonero. The timely workshop brought together participants from key tech companies, civil society organizations, academia, government, and international organizations at a time when human rights have been peripheral in discussions on the societal impacts of AI systems. Many of those who are active in the field of AI may have doubts about the'added value' of the human rights framework to their work or are uncertain how addressing the human rights implications of AI is any different from work already being done on'AI and ethics'.