Ethics of artificial intelligence to be debated

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists event aims to help charities better understand the ethics involved in artificial intelligence.

Joe Lepper | 18th Mar 19
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A debate for charities is to take place next month on the ethics of artificial intelligence.

The debate “There is no such thing as AI Ethics – just Ethics” is being staged by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) as part of its Artifical Intelligence and Machine Learning (ML) Learning Exchange, which supports charities engaged in these emerging technologies.

The debate will feature University of East Anglia Professor of Computer Science Richard Harvey, representing academia. Meanwhile, commerce is being represented by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, president Chris Rees. The event aims to provide guidance to charities on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI).

“This debate is not a battle between blow-hard politicians,” said Rees and Harvey in a joint statement.

“We both hope to present cases that are reasonable, our genuine desire at the end of the debate is have heard some powerful and convincing truths.”

Unleashing the potential of Articial Intelligence

Jo Connell, Chair of the WCIT Charity, added: “We’re delighted to be taking a leadership position in the areas of AI and ML and to be helping charities to unleash the potential of these emerging technologies.

“We look forward to a lively debate and hope that the output will be useful for all the charities involved.”

The WCIT’s AI/ML Learning Exchange was created to build a leadership role in the use of these emerging technologies in the charity sector. It also aims to help charities to maximise the benefits of AI technology through sharing practical advice, stimulating debate and providing link ups with industry experts.

The exchange is free of charge for charities involved in AI/ML to join.

The “There is no such thing as AI Ethics – just Ethics” debate takes place on 2 April, 2019, in London.