House of Lords launch public inquiry into the future of AI

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The House of Lords has issued a public inquiry to seek information about the effects and potential outcomes of artificial intelligence as it increasingly swoops into all sectors of the population.

Artificial intelligence is expected to transform the way we live and bring major change to how humans operate on a day to day basis and carry out simple job tasks. With AI being available in just about every industry sector, the questions held by the public are left unanswered to what the future holds.

As a result, earlier this week, the House of Lords appointed the new Select Committee to investigate the implication of advances in AI technology with regard to economic, social and ethical factors. The purpose of the inquiry is to look to future outcomes and benefits AI could have as it takes over humans.

House of Lords launch public inquiry to assess the future of Artificial Intelligence

House of Lords launch public inquiry to assess the future of Artificial Intelligence

Rather than take over the human race, technology firms are developing AI with the aim to benefit humanity and the world we live in as much as possible. However, unknowing exactly how AI will benefit the population posed questions within the government, leading to the launch of this inquiry.

As more businesses release AI technology, from the Cloud platform to bots replacing manual task jobs, every aspect of our lives has some form of AI involved to ‘help’ us even if we don’t know it. But to what extent does it benefit or pose a threat to us?

Seizing the attention across different industries, Lord Clement-Jones, Chairman of the Committee said: “The Committee wants to use this inquiry to understand what opportunities exist for society in the development and use of artificial intelligence, as well as what risks there might be.

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We are looking to be pragmatic in our approach, and want to make sure our recommendations to Government and others will be practical and sensible. There are significant questions to address relevant to both the present and the future, and we want to help inform the answers to them. To do this, we need the help of the widest range of people and organisations.”

The committee will be taking oral and written evidence this Autumn, to be collated and issued in a report by the end of March next year. Questions asked to the public include:

What is the current state of AI? What is the impact of AI on society? And many more which can be found here, with details of how to get in touch.