Ethical use of algorithms and data is an important component for the sustainable development of AI applications.

Given the complex nature of ethics as a topic, as well as the absence of clear governance around data ethics in the context of AI, both startups and large organisations are finding it difficult to define and apply ethical standards for AI. To promote the development of sustainable and ethical AI, Machine Intelligence Garage will be appointing an ethics committee which will be chaired by Professor Luciano Floridi (Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford) .

The Machine Intelligence Garage Ethics Committee will be an independent body that will work closely with companies to analyse how ethics principles can be applied to create sustainable AI-powered products and services that have a positive impact on society. The Ethics Committee will provide unbiased assessment of applications based on the ethical criteria that will be established through consultations with ethics and industry experts. In addition the Committee will provide practical advice on ways in which companies can implement the suggestions into their product or service.

Key Activities of the Working Group:

  • Lead an initial workshop to establish the principles for the Committee work
  • Participate twice a year in half day roundtable discussions to establish and keep the principles for the Committee work updated
  • Assess applications of Machine Intelligence Garage companies

Key Activities of the Steering Board:

  • Provide mentoring and advice for the operation of the ethics committee working group
  • Participate twice a year in half day roundtable discussions to establish and keep the principles for the Committee work updated

More information on the Machine Intelligence Garage Ethics Committee coming soon. 

Machine Intelligence Garage is a Digital Catapult programme that is part funded by Innovate UK and CAP-AI via ERDF.

 

 

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