Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Dr Blay Whitby, Cognitive Science Research Group, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex

What has come to be called The Fourth Industrial Revolution is now well under way. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will bring widespread social and economic changes in the next two decades. However, little or no provisions have been made to deal with these changes or to protect those who may be displaced, exploited, unemployed, or otherwise disadvantaged. We need to completely rethink employment and taxation models and probably also place strong legislative controls on the new ‘Information Barons’.
Regulating AI for the UK alone will not work – it will simply drive AI-based industries overseas.  If the AI industry follows the current practices of the data-farm industry that will be to third-world countries with little or no regulation. It is time to start the process of enacting world-wide standards and controls on Artificial Intelligence and related technologies.

Blay is a Philosopher and Technology Ethicist specialising in the ethics of robots and AI and is the author of many publications on these and other subjects surrounding IT Ethics. He is a member of the advisory board of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI and an ethics expert for the European Commission and currently lectures on IT ethics at Imperial College London, Sussex University, and The National College for Digital Skills.


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Last updated 30th March, 2021 at 9:58am