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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Nigel Shadbolt on why the UK is well placed to lead on the ethics of AI | -TechTarget

Sir Nigel Shadbolt will take part in a panel on “augmented humanity”, associated with Computer Weekly, at the Oxford Science and Ideas Festival on 19 October 2018.

The UK has a genuine opportunity to take a lead on the ethics of artificial intelligence, says Nigel Shadbolt, principal of Jesus College, Oxford and co-founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI).


Indeed, many of the most important issues thrown up by AI – which Shadbolt began researching in the 1970s and early 1980s – are ethical in nature, he says. And he explores the gamut of these issues in a book he has co-written with Roger Hampson, The Digital Ape: how to live (in peace) with smart machines.

Hampson was chief executive officer at the London Borough of Redbridge for 16 years, and is a non-executive director of the ODI...

The title of the book is a homage to Desmond Morris’ 1967 book, The Naked Ape. “All this technology, same old ape,” says Shadbolt.

And he does not have in mind just homo sapiens, but all hominins. “We were making tools for 200,000 generations before even modern human beings appeared on the scene,” says Shadbolt. “That has shaped our neurology, our motor coordination, as well as our social coordination. So it isn’t new that technology is going to change us.”

Does he expect advanced artificial intelligence technologies to change us again?

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Source: -TechTarget