Lords report calls for ethical artificial intelligence

Chris Holmes standing in front of presentation screen with House of Lords report 'AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?' behind him.
At launch event for Lords Report into Artificial Intelligence

Chris has been a member of the ad hoc House of Lords Select Committee on AI and on Monday (16th April 2018) the final report and recommendations were published: “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?” 

Following 9 months of expert witness evidence and extensive consideration the report’s conclusions and recommendations emphasize that the UK is in a strong position to be a world leader in AI but that putting ethics at the heart of development and use is the best way to do this.

AI, handled carefully, could be a great opportunity for the economy. The report makes 74 specific recommendations but one key recommendation is for a cross-sector ethical code for AI, underpinned by 5 principles:

  1. AI should be developed for the common good and benefit of humanity.
  2. AI should operate on principles of intelligibility and fairness.
  3. AI should not be used to diminish the data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities.
  4. All citizens have the right to be educated to enable them to flourish mentally, emotionally and economically alongside AI.
  5. The autonomous power to hurt, destroy, or deceive human beings should never be vested in AI.