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What makes AI creepy?

There seems to be a widespread perception that “AI is creepy”. But at the same time as reacting strongly against an app that would check social media posts for signs that we were struggling to cope, we don’t think twice about the grammar checker that continually reads everything we type. I wondered why and if […]

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How Should Education use AI?

In looking at the many ethical concerns that have been expressed about the use of Artificial Intelligence in education, it struck me that most fall at the two ends of a scale. On the one hand questions of human autonomy lead to concerns about cookie-cutter approaches, where AI treats every student according to a rigid […]

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AI and Ethics: GDPR and beyond

The EU High-Level Expert Group’s (HLEG) Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI contain four principles and, derived from them, seven requirements for AI systems. The Guidelines do not discuss the need for AI to be lawful, but the expansion of Data Protection law beyond just privacy into areas formerly considered part of Ethics means that much […]

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Jisc response to ICO consultation on Explaining AI

Jisc responded to the Information Commissioner’s consultation on draft guidance on explaining AI. The final guidance was published in May 2020. We welcome the ICO/Turing Institute’s draft guidance on Explaining AI Decisions, and believe that it could be useful well beyond the narrow question of when and how decisions need to be explained. However, as […]

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Building blocks for trustworthy AI in education

[UPDATE: my slides are now available] This week I’ve been presenting at an event on Artificial Intelligence in Education, organised by the Finnish Government in their current role as EU Presidency. Specifically I was asked to look at where we might find building blocks for the ethical use of AI in education. Looking at the […]

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AI in Education: is it different?

Reflecting on the scope chosen by Blackboard for our working group – “Ethical use of AI in Education” – it’s worth considering what, if anything, makes education different as a venue for artificial intelligence. Education is, I think, different from commercial businesses because our measure of success should be what pupils/students achieve. Educational institutions should […]

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Ethical use of AI in HE

Last week I was invited to a fascinating discussion on ethical use of artificial intelligence in higher education, hosted by Blackboard. Obviously that’s a huge topic, so I’ve been trying to come up with a way to divide it into smaller ones without too many overlaps. So far, it seems a division into three may […]

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Explaining AI algorithms

One of the concerns commonly raised for Artificial Intelligence is that it may not be clear how a system reached its conclusion from the input data. The same could well be said of human decision makers: AI at least lets us choose an approach based on the kind of explainability we want. Discussions at last […]