Asheem Singh reflects on the RSA’s deliberative democratic experiment at the intersection of technology and society: the citizen-driven ‘Forum for Ethical AI’
As the pace of technology accelerates, we may wonder if we are still in control. However, the solution isn’t to slow down innovation; it’s to find new ways of exercising power over how technology is developed and deployed in our lives.
Tech and Society is a programme of work exploring how to increase the agency that people have over the way that organisations design and employ technology. We hope that if people are more empowered over the use of data or experimentation with AI, for example, we can have greater confidence that technology is serving the interests of society.
There are two strands to the programme:
Power in the New Economy
This strand will highlight the influence that big tech has over our data, information and markets. It seeks to redress the resulting power imbalance that has emerged in the new economy.
We will start with two projects on power over data and power over information.
Forum for Ethical AI Pt. II:
The second phase of the RSA’s Forum for Ethical AI will explore how the recommendations of our citizens’ jury can be practically implemented in a range of sectors, including healthcare, policing and recruitment.
Our first project, in partnership with NHS England, will focus on how the citizens’ conditions can be met when integrating AI in healthcare.
Tech and Society is a programme of work exploring how to increase the agency that people have over the way that organisations design and employ technology.