Osama bin Laden’s televised statement celebrating the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001 was confirmation of just how sophisticated terrorist communication in the twenty-first century had become. However, even once technologically-advanced groups such as al-Qaeda now have a tiny digital footprint compared with groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS), whose origins coincided with the emergence of Web 2.0.Read More
When we think about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) we usually ask one of several questions: what can it do? Where is it headed? And how widespread will its effects be? The growing consensus around these questions is something like: it can probably do less than you think right now, it may someday do more than you imagine, and it will therefore probably affect almost every area of your life. The rise of automation has given way to a fourth question: what should we do about it?Read More
In the fight against corruption, authorities need every tool they can find. It is an expensive crime, with an estimated US$1.5 to $2 trillion lost each year to bribes globally. The problem is consistently difficult to solve, with most countries showing little improvement in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index.Read More
When it comes to national AI strategies, governments should harness first-mover advantages wherever possible. Despite continuing calls from the German economy and leading research institutes as well as Germany’s great potential succeed in AI, the German Federal Government has delayed its plans to publish a national AI strategy until November 2018.Read More
Less than three months after the Lords gave their recommendations on how the UK can be a global leader in developing AI, the government has responded. Their response gives clear direction in terms of education around AI, and demonstrates the Government’s aims to seek counsel from public opinion and experts in the field. While some responses were explicit in their aims, others left us with more questions than answers.Read More
The greatest lesson I learnt during the coaching sessions was that TED is about the audience, not the speaker. Even if the idea is yours, you are on that stage to share. To do that well you have to connect with your audience, breaking down the barrier between seat and stage in the process. You can’t bat out an idea like mine – “code poetry” – if no one catches it.Read More
Mexico has joined some of the world’s most technically advanced and ambitious nations by launching a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. During a time of national political transition and technological change worldwide, Mexico’s AI strategy provides direction on how the opportunities from AI can be harnessed for the country’s economy and society.Read More
April’s report from the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence asks if the UK is ‘ready, willing, and able’ for AI. Our Government AI Readiness Index ranked the UK government as best positioned in the OECD to take advantage of AI. On many measures, at least, we are ready. Whether we are willing and able is another question.Read More
This week, the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by the tech firm ABB, released their report The Automation Readiness Index: Who is Ready for the Coming Wave of Automation? The paper quickly attracted sensationalist headlines about the ‘rise of the robots’, similar to some of those we saw last year when we released our Government AI Readiness Index.
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?
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More