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14th August 2018 Thomas Hunt - (2016, PPE)

Exeter’s Professor Floridi to chair national artificial intelligence committee

Professor Luciano Floridi, Professorial Fellow of Exeter College and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, is to chair the UK’s first applied artificial intelligence (AI) ethics committee – the Machine Intelligence Garage Ethics Committee – to guide the responsible development of AI applications in the UK.

Artificial intelligence is a set of computer technologies that aim to perform tasks that have traditionally been the preserve of human intelligence, such as transcribing speech or categorising images.

The Machine Intelligence Garage Ethics Committee has been organised by Digital Catapult, Britain’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. Professor Floridi will be joined by a further 11 academics and AI professionals, who will work to define ethical standards for AI use, and help start-ups adhere to these principles.

For Professor Floridi this is another important role in an illustrious career. As AI technology expands exponentially, his expertise in the field of information ethics has become increasingly valued and sought after. This year has seen him join advisory committees to the UK Parliament, EU Commission and the Council of Europe.

More information about the Machine Intelligence Garage Ethics Committee can be found here.

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