In recent years, the notion of true artificial intelligence (AI) has undoubtedly surpassed merely a scientific abstraction. From driverless cars to healthcare, the technology is now more prevalent in our lives than ever before.

It is therefore of the utmost importance that not only those driving progress in the field, but also those responsible for regulating it are able to grapple with the ethical implications of its development. A number of weeks ago, the European Commission announced plans to investigate the ethics of AI via the launch of a new group.

Tasked with assessing the benefits of the technology and its potential impact on the future of work, the group’s ultimate goal will be to make informed policy recommendations to facilitate the right kind of deployment. By the close of 2018, the expectations are that the group will have drafted a thorough set of guidelines for ethical advancements in the field across Europe.

Specifically, its work will focus on fairness, transparency, the role of AI in the workplace, democracy, and whether or not the technology infringes upon the Charter of Fundamental Rights. At this moment in time, tech firms globally are pulling away from regulators in the race to shape the future of AI as it becomes more deeply embedded in our daily lives.

And, despite some of the world’s most prosperous and influential corporates already endeavouring to weave the technology into their business models, huge swathes of the media and the general public still remain uncertain of the societal repercussions. Seemingly we have reached an impasse. Read more from…

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