Life in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

When: 14th Feb 2018, 18:30 - 14th Feb 2018, 20:00
Where: Fulton A, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH
Town/City: Brighton
Organiser: BCS Sussex Branch
Price: Free and open to all.
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Dr Blay Whitby


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. Nor is it the case that such controls will inhibit research and development. Regulation is clearly necessary to protect vulnerable users from exploitation and to protect humanity in general from potential misuses of these very powerful technologies. Serious risks are already evident.An historical exemplar of how international regulation has been successfully done will provided. Some existing codes which could form a foundation of The International Artificial Intelligence Regulations will be offered. International regulation of AI is both achievable and beneficial: now is the time!

About the speaker:

Dr. Blay Whitby is a philosopher specializing in technology ethics, addressing primarily the social impact of new and emerging technologies. His work focuses mainly on ethical problems posed by the use of AI in social and domestic settings.

His publications include Oversold, unregulated, and unethical: Why we need to respond to robot nannies On Computable Morality, and Sometimes it’s hard to be a robot: A call for action on the ethics of abusing artificial agents. His books on the area include:Reflections on Artificial Intelligence: The Legal, Moral and Ethical Dimensions and Artificial Intelligence, A Handbook of Professionalism.

He is a member of the ICT Ethics Group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and an ethical advisor to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He is a regular speaker in academic, commercial, military, and community settings as well as having participated in several high impact science/art collaborations. Dr Whitby holds a doctorate in The Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence and also degrees in Philosophy Politics and Economics (Oxford), Philosophy (MA., Sussex), and Intelligent Systems (MSc., Sussex).

Dr Whitby currently lectures at Imperial College, London, The University of Sussex, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and The National College for Digital Skills.