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As decisions are increasingly automated or made with the help of artificial intelligence, machines are becoming more influential in our lives. These machines are generating a range of predictions, such as the likelihood of a defendant reoffending or what sort of political messaging is most likely to appeal to a particular group. In some cases, these predictions could lead to positive outcomes, such as less biased decisions or greater political engagement, but there are also risks that come with ceding power or outsourcing human judgment to a machine.

The RSA’s Forum for Ethical AI is running a series of citizens’ juries exploring the use of AI to make decisions. Drawing on the model of the RSA’s Citizens’ Economic Council, we will use immersive scenarios to help participants understand the ethical issues raised by this application of AI under different circumstances and enter into a deliberative dialogue about how companies, organisations, and public institutions should respond.

The first of the citizens’ juries will take place in May 2018. In the run-up to the juries, we will be publishing a series of blogs setting out different perspectives on the use of AI (for decision-making, but also more broadly) and holding two online events to host an initial discussion about related trade-offs and possibilities for governance.

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Project Team

Brhmie Balaram

Brhmie Balaram

Senior Researcher

 

Jasmine Leonard

Jasmine Leonard

Intern, Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing

 

Kayshani Gibbon

Kayshani Gibbon

Research Assistant, Citizens' Economic Council

 

Tony Greenham

Tony Greenham

Senior Associate, Inclusive Finance

 

Benedict Dellot

Benedict Dellot

Associate Director, Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing

 

Advisory Board

Dr Beth Singler

Dr Beth Singler

Anthropology Researcher, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge

 

Catherine Miller

Catherine Miller

Policy Director, Doteveryone

 

David Edmonds

David Edmonds

Philosopher and documentary maker, BBC World Service

 

Professor Ian Walden

Professor Ian Walden

Professor of Information and Communications Law, Queen Mary University; Baker McKenzie

 

Professor Maja Pantic

Professor Maja Pantic

Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing, Imperial College London

 

Paul Mason

Paul Mason

Director of Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

 

Rumman Chowdhury

Rumman Chowdhury

Head of Responsible AI, Accenture

 

Simon Burrall

Simon Burrall

Programme Director, Sciencewise

 

Wendy Tan White MBE

Wendy Tan White MBE

Partner, BGF Ventures