Artificial intelligence (AI), is one of the most talked about technologies today. The sheer possibilities it offers to businesses, and to society, mean that an awful lot of time, money and effort is being put into developing and harnessing it.
But one of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to AI – and indeed to all advanced and intelligent technology – is the ethics of it. Indeed, the question that plagues most of us is how do we ensure that something that can think for itself develops as a force for good, and not for evil?
In response to these concerns Digital Catapult, the innovative UK backed centre for digital innovation, has unveiled plans to increase the adoption of ethics in artificial intelligence. Digital Catapult hopes that by delivering this ethical framework, it can provide a practical approach for start-ups and experts developing AI solutions, to increase the consideration of ethics within AI development, making the UK a trusted centre for the industry.
The Ethics Framework has been designed to provide guidance for companies to explore what role ethics might play in their projects and to help share best practice across industry
It’s certainly interesting to see companies begin to take the idea of ethics and technology seriously, and it will be even more interesting to see how the concept is adopted and adhered to as the technology – and society’s use of it – continues to grow and evolve.