Artificial Intelligence

The ethical and legal implications

The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence publishes responses to call for evidence

Mike Rebeiro
October 17, 2017

Posted in Regulation Ethics Liability

The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) has published the responses it received following a public call for evidence in September 2017 on the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence.

The list of questions raised by the committee covered areas such as the current state of artificial intelligence and the pace of change; the impact on sectors; the ethical implications and the role the government should take in the development and use of artificial intelligence in the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the call for evidence, Lord Clement-Jones, Chairman of the Committee said:

“This inquiry comes at a time when artificial intelligence is increasingly seizing the attention of industry, policymakers and the general public. The Committee wants to use this inquiry to understand what opportunities exist for society in the development and use of artificial intelligence, as well as what risks there might be.”

View the Norton Rose Fulbright submission.

View all of the submissions.

As part of the inquiry, the Committee began its series of oral evidence sessions on Tuesday 10 October in Westminster.

Experts from the University of Southampton, the University of Oxford and the Future of Humanity Institute examined some of the key issues around artificial intelligence including the biggest opportunities and risks associated with artificial intelligence over the coming decade, whether the Government should be concerned about the possible impact on the labour market and how best the ethical issues associated with artificial intelligence could be addressed. The second session saw journalists from the Financial Times, the BBC and the Register discuss public perception of AI.

View the session.