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What do the public need to know about AI?

19 December 2017

In the final evidence session of its inquiry, the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence considers the public narratives surrounding artificial intelligence, and what can be done to improve the wider understanding of this emerging technology.


Tuesday 19 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Professor David Edgerton,  Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology, and Professor of Modern British History, King's College London
  • Professor Peter McOwan, Vice Principal, Public Engagement and Student Enterprise, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, President, Royal Statistical Society, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge and Chair, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

Areas of discussion

  • Can we learn lessons from the past about the present and future of artificial intelligence?
  • Should AI-powered products be labelled as such? Would a Kitemark scheme be a good idea?
  • An 'arms race' emerging between nations developing and utilising AI is often talked about. Is this a useful narrative?
  • Is the AI community right to be concerned that scaremongering over AI could damage trust in the technology?

Further information

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