Important decisions are being made by automated decision systems. How can we ensure that these decisions are not biased?
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.