AI and robotics – seeking a government view that reaches beyond Shatner and Schwarzenegger

There’s been much private sector discussion of the potential for AI, machine-learning and robotics in recent months, with a flurry of vendors pushing these from a technology revolution point-of-view in the past few weeks alone. But how ready is government for such a revolution, particularly when it comes to the social and ethical implications? Not very, is the grim conclusion of an inquiry report from legislators in the UK government, which calls for the creation of a Commission on Artificial Intelligence to be established at the Alan Turing Institute, with a brief to examine the social, ethical and legal implications of recent and potential developments in AI. The inquiry, by the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Commons, did of course have a UK-centric brief, but the…


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