Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are set to transform the way that governments deliver public services. One key area of AI in which governments are showing increasing interest is predictive analytics – the use of AI to predict future outcomes based on historical observations. Computers can trawl through vast amounts of data to find hidden patterns, identifying links between particular factors and increased likelihood of a particular outcome – for example, a crime occurring, or a patient in a hospital responding to treatment. Making more comprehensive and more accurate predictions is a worthy goal for public servants to have, but some research suggests that predictive analytics might unfairly target poor and vulnerable citizens, because of biases in the available data on which these new tools are trained and deployed.Read More
There has been a lot of buzz around DeepFakes and AI-generated synthetic media in recent weeks. These developments are concurrently taking place with giant leaps in immersive experiences technologies, such as AR and VR. Here we offer a few thoughts on how the marriage of these technologies might transform our understanding of reality and presence.Read More
It was team day for Oxford Insights. Usually that means an American Breakfast (thank you Sabrina) a British presentation (thank you Richard) and some very Australian activity organisation (thank you Scarlet and Emma). It also means a mystery team building event….Read More
Congratulations on your new appointment. Now that you’re PM, I’m sure lots of people are going to be badgering you to develop new policies and address societal issues, and here I am to join them. Leaving the EU on 31 October is your immediate priority, but there are many large challenges facing this country; not just Brexit.
The way people work and the jobs that they have is about to change as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more sophisticated and pervasive. The OECD estimated that over 40% of people will see their jobs change.
Utilitarianism: Does an action produce net good consequences?;
Deontology: Does an action follow a moral rule? e.g. the Golden Rule: ‘Treat others how you want to be treated’;
Virtue Ethics: Does an action contribute to virtue (whatever that means--blame Aristotle)?
Ethical practitioners, on the other hand, will be quick to tell you the world doesn’t work so neatly.Read More
So you’ve probably heard a bit about artificial intelligence on the media. You may have seen snatches of AI breakthroughs on the news, or watched that Simpsons episode where the house takes over and tries to kill Homer. There is a lot of sensationalism out there, and we know that sensationalism pays. However, some of these fears are becoming close(ish) to reality. These days it is not entirely off the wall to imagine our jobs being taken over by robots, self-driving cars running over pedestrians, and our personal data being stolen.Read More
What do you think when you hear ‘AI and education’? Robots teaching kids, AI helping teachers with marking, or simply teaching AI in schools? While these are all important subjects (with significant ethical implications) we believe a key area to focus on in the discussion on AI and the future of education is ‘what makes us different from machines?’. As AI gets more useful and more common, what does that mean for our education system right now? What should we be teaching our kids to ensure they are ready for the world they will be graduating into?Read More
Internet platforms and emerging technologies are at the centre of the debate about how to beat online extremism. However, from narratives of AI successes to accusations of inactivity, it is unclear what work is being done and how successful it has been in the fight to prevent online radicalisation.Read More
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