Academics agree to work together to ensure artificial intelligence serves the public interest

A new artificial intelligence organisation has been announced that is aiming to ensure that it is the public who benefits from AI technology.

ADA-AI has been formed by the all-female technology and science strategy team InspiredMinds to evaluate, develop and lobby policy and regulation concepts in AI.

“Our mission is to harness the positive potential outcomes of AI in society, the economy and everyday life in order to protect the interests of the public at large, particularly the groups who are underrepresented or at-risk,” said Sarah Porter, CEO of InspiredMinds.

“Nearly every day there is a new story on AI or advancements in the sector and this can sometimes be conflicting. The public need to be represented in an efficient way by the  same individuals who are working and understand the AI space, which is why we’ve decided to found ADA-AI.”

ADA-AI is to be comprised of 25 of the world’s most prolific AI advisers, most of whom will be announced at World Summit AI in Amsterdam.

What we do know so far is that the group’s first meeting will be chaired by Gary Marcus who is a professor at New York University, as well as the founder of Geometric Intelligence, which is the AI company recently acquired by Uber.

Other academics already known to be joining the organisation include: Amir Banifatemi of AI Lead and X Prize; Kathryn Myronuk, who is the synthesis and convergence faculty lead at Singularity University; the co-founder of WeRobotics Andrew Schroeder; Joel Mhyre of One Concern; Kate Devlin, who works on AI at Goldsmiths University and Virginia Dignum who already sits on the Foundation for Responsible Robotics committee.

ADA-AI isn’t the only artificial intelligence committee to be announced today.

Deepmind, Google’s London-based AI research team, has also announced that it will open a new unit that will focus on the ethical and societal questions raised by artificial intelligence.

“As scientists developing AI technologies, we have a responsibility to conduct and support open research and investigation into the wider implications of our work. At DeepMind, we start from the premise that all AI applications should remain under meaningful human control, and be used for socially beneficial purposes,” said the unit’s co-leads, Verity Harding and Sean Legassick, in a blogpost announcing its creation.

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