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Ethics in the new machine age: What are we willing to accept? Criminal Justice

Research & Impact Event

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Online / Zoom

  • Economic democracy
  • Community engagement
  • Technology

Artificial Intelligence could be among our most powerful tools to build a better, fairer society. Or it could exacerbate inequalities and constrain freedoms. Join us in a series of online events as we debate the dilemmas posed by advances in AI.

This is the first call in our series and will focus on the criminal justice system. You can also book a ticket for our second call looking at ethics in a new machine age within democratic processes.

New artificial intelligence systems are beginning to challenge human superiority in a variety of tasks – from identifying cancers and assessing financial risks through to predicting criminal behaviour and identifying people’s political persuasions.  

But these advances present ethical and legal questions. How private is our data? What biases could be baked into algorithms? How connected should we be to lifelike machines? Who should be held responsible when things go wrong?

Rarely are there clear right or wrong answers to the dilemmas posed by AI. The use of machines in social care may infantilise and mislead patients, but can we care for an ageing society without them? Algorithms used in criminal courts risk entrenching biases, but are human judges any less fallible? 

In this uncharted territory, we are still figuring out what we as a society are willing to accept from technology. The RSA intends to open up this debate to the wider public through the use of a citizens’ jury, which will come together over the course of 2018 to explore the merits and concerns of using AI in different contexts.

In preparation for the jury sessions, we are holding a series of online events to tease out the core issues we should explore under two of our key themes – criminal justice and democratic debate.

These calls are open to anyone who is interested in exploring what advances in AI mean for society. This call will be co-chaired by Tracey Groves, Founder and Director of Intelligent Ethics and RSA Fellow, and Brhmie Balaram, Senior Researcher at the RSA. You’ll hear directly from RSA researchers on the topic before having a chance to ask questions and discuss the issue with others on the call.

This is the first call in our series and will focus on the criminal justice system. You can also book a ticket for our second call looking at ethics in a new machine age within democratic processes on Wednesday 21 March 18:00-19:30.

 

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