Economic disruption and runaway AI: what can governments do?
Want to get serious about artificial intelligence? You’ll need an AI strategy
Governments around the world are grappling with the same questions on AI: What is it? What can it do? What does it mean for our country? There are three pressing questions that governments need to answer in the short-term:
- how to manage the transition in the economy?
- how to ensure the use of AI reflects your values?
- how to use the power of AI to deliver better services for citizens?
“The things that make me interesting cannot be digitised”: leadership lessons from the Drucker Forum
Governments are waking up to the fact that artificial intelligence (AI) could transform their economies, public services, and workforces. If governments are to capitalise on the AI opportunity, they need to have well thought out structures and processes in place to do so. Seven countries have now published national AI strategies, and they are declaring themselves as the new global leaders in AI.
Why Black people don’t start businesses (and how more inclusive innovation could make a difference)
The entreaty to ask leaders to be regularly uncomfortable, quiet, and wrong is a reminder that one of the most important traits a leader needs is courage. While plenty of leaders are happy being quiet, few enjoy being uncomfortable or wrong. This means not only accepting correction or questioning, but actively seeking it out, wading through awkwardness on both sides, taking criticism and using it to get better.
Beyond driverless cars: our take on the UK's Autumn Budget 2017
According to the Race Disparity Audit, in 2016, Black workers were the least likely to be self-employed at 11%. My hypothesis as a Black business owner myself is that a large number of Black-run businesses are in low-barrier sectors such as care work or cleaning. I strongly suspect that the number of Black-run tech startups for example, would show a bleak picture for those overall ethnicity statistics. Why is that?
Motherboard knows best?
The UK comes from a position of strength in the competition to be the best in the world in artificial intelligence because we have world class research universities, a broad spectrum of skills, and a flexible capital market. To remain competitive, the Government needs to invest, and invest more, in AI.
AI: the ultimate intern
We might expect that algorithms would be seen as more objective arbiters in disputes, or more impartial recruiters for jobs. But they are not. Researchers have observed that people rely on human judgement, even when informed about the shortcomings of human decision making... People are not particularly alarmed by the application of technology in the form of online platforms like turbo-tax or dashboards. The problem usually arises when algorithms are used to inform judgements which have a significant impact on citizens’ lives, such as sentencing criminals or deciding who should receive welfare payments.
Why unconference? #Reimagine2017
It doesn’t matter that AI isn’t as smart as the humans on your team. It is already capable of saving you time and energy by taking the easiest tasks off your hands, leaving you free to focus on more important things.
The UK Government's AI review: what's missing?
A traditional conference or workshop structure inherently subjugates itself to hierarchies of every sort... At an unconference, everyone is brought to the same level, and everyone’s contributions are valued. There is a rule of “two feet” at an unconference: if you are not contributing or asking questions, you are in the wrong room. As such, the success of the format is that it forces those with interests, stakes, and opinions into the same place: with no space for spectators.
More Than The Trees Are Worth? Intangibles, Decision-Making, and the Meares Island Logging Conflict
ethics, regulation and jobs are dominating the public discourse, both in the UK and around the world. Unless the UK Government addresses them explicitly, these concerns will continue to undermine the positive potential of artificial intelligence.
AI and legitimacy: government in the age of the machine
Given that money is our most common way to measure time and effort, it is therefore most convenient to apply it to happiness and values… but quantifying values in this way has social and psychological effects.
AI: Is a robot assistant going to steal your job?
The truth of the effects of AI on societies is likely somewhere between the “technoskeptic” and the “technoptimist” predictions. Regardless of where one falls on the scale, the adoption of artificial intelligence by government raises important questions about government legitimacy.
Making it personal: civil service and morality
Conversations about artificial intelligence incite a reaction that is equal parts excitement and dread. Excitement because of the potential cost-saving efficiency gains that may come with AI. Dread because any mention of automation induces a fear of redundancy and disposability among mid-skilled and low-skilled workers.
In public sector management the conversation about machine learning applications is no different...
Five levels of AI in public service
There are moments as a teacher or a facilitator when the mood in the room changes very suddenly. Sometimes this is the beginning of a disaster: misreading the room, choosing an example with an awful hidden meaning, or simply losing trust. But at other times, it is when someone shows something of themselves – something real – and the whole room turns towards them. These are some of my favourite moments. Earlier this month, training a group of talented civil servants in Ukraine, the room turned towards a participant who talked about God.
Why Government is ready for AI
AI is a very broad term which covers everything from machine learning to general intelligence. People can get caught up thinking about how to design the perfect system for dealing with problems we won’t face for years. I’ve been thinking about what a common framework might look like to make it clearer what we mean when we talk about AI.
The potential of Artificial Intelligence comes from its ability to deal with the complexity of real life. It offers is the beginnings of computer programmes that can make judgments - rather than simply following preset rules.