AI ethics, foresight and ethics by design: Digital Ethics Summit
The Digital Ethics Summit held earlier this month focussed on AI ethics, foresight and ethics by design. The messages coming out of the summit are highly relevant for SIENNA. Here, SIENNA deputy coordinator Rowena Rodrigues gives an overview of the discussions.
The day started with an opening address by Martha Lane Fox (Founder & Executive Chair, Doteveryone). She highlighted the need for organisations to address gender balance, relationship to children and services provided. She also suggested the UK take the lead on addressing ethical and moral challenges and bring together civil society, industry and politics.
The first panel discussion (chaired by Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI techUK) focussed on the current landscape and how to ensure ethical foresight. Speakers included Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Director of the Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (also SIENNA stakeholder advisory board member); Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge; Dr Claire Craig, Director of Science Policy, Royal Society; George Zarkadakis, Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson and Rob McCargow, Programme Leader - Artificial Intelligence, PwC. Professor Floridi highlighted four key aspects: delegation i.e., who makes the final decisions; responsibility – who has the responsibility for wrongdoing; manipulation – are we being nudged; and prudence – relating to implications of deskilling.
The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, DCMS spoke about plans for the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.
A keynote address by Dr Carolyn Nguyen, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft focused on policy considerations including multi-stakeholder dialogue, sharing best practices, skills training etcetera.
In her keynote, Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner's Office, suggested that “there's no dichotomy between ethics and innovation. But ethical considerations should dictate the direction of travel”.
The panel on “How do we embed an Ethics by Design Approach?” discussed how apporaches to ethics by design approach are taken by organisations today, and what can be done moving forward. It was chaired by Hetan Shah, Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society. Panelists included Robin Tombs, CEO, Yoti; James Kidner, Director of Partnership, Improbable; Kriti Sharma, VP Artificial Intelligence, Sage; Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder, Cognitionx; Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, ICO and Stephen Deadman, Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook. During the discussion, we got a chance to briefly introduce the SIENNA project.
Chief Executive, Nuffield Foundation, Tim Gardam’s keynote focussed on ‘Social well-being and data ethics: a Nuffield Foundation initiative on the social impact of data, algorithms and AI’.
The final panel of the day, chaired by Sue Daley, techUK, focussed on “Positioning the UK for Ethical Leadership” and discussed the opportunities and benefits for the UK of positioning itself as the global centre of excellence for addressing digital and data ethics issues. Panelists included Dr Natalie Banner, Policy Advisor, Wellcome Trust; Ollie Buckley, Deputy Director, Digital Charter & Data Ethics, DCMS; Dr Jeni Tennison OBE, CEO, ODI and Richard Ward, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM.
From the SIENNA perspective, the messages that came out of the event are significant. Both in terms of the impacts of AI (e.g., changing nature of work, shifts in employee benefits, impacts on fairness, accountability, trust and transparency, impacts on health and human flourishing, increase in biases), and the calls for further dialogue, cross-sectoral learning and best practice sharing. This will be addressed by SIENNA's research and engagement activities.
By Rowena Rodrigues
About the Digital Ethics Summit
The Digital Ethics Summit was organised by techUK at The County Hall, London, on 13 December 2017. The event, focussed on ethical issues in AI, was organised in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, British Academy, University of Oxford Data Ethics Lab, Open Data Institute, the Alan Turing Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. The event was sponsored by Microsoft, the Nuffield Foundation and Yoti. The event was fully sold out with over 250 people attending. Participants included philosophers, academics, engineers, industry representatives, lawyers, regulators, journalists and policy-makers.
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Webinar 1 July: Ethical analysis of AI & Robotics
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SIENNA and SHERPA provide feedback on JURI report on a framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies
On 22 May 2020, SIENNA and SHERPA projects, jointly provided feedback on the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs Draft report with recommendations to the Commission on a framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies (2020/2012(INL) based on the findings and results of the SHERPA and SIENNA EU-funded projects.
Webinars 17 June: Enhancing legal frameworks
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Legal requirements for artificial intelligence and robotics
The SIENNA project has documented and delivered a critical assessment of the legal requirements in relation to the use of artificial intelligence and robotics on the national, EU and international level. In the report, we identify the relevant international and regional law and discuss a range of legal and human rights issues. If you want an analysis of EU law and international and regional legal orders in relation to artificial intelligence and robotics, we suggest you download our report!
Research ethics codes and guidelines for artificial intelligence and robotics
The SIENNA project conducted a survey of research ethics committee approaches and codes for artificial intelligence and robotics. The survey was submitted to the European Commission in 2018, and lists a large body of codes and guidelines. We have now published the full report, and give you selection of guidelines that you might want to be aware of.
COVID-19 and climate change: Why has the response been so different?
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Public online lecture on false messages and false messengers
Fake news have been around for a long time. As part of a postgraduate course on information ethics and law, SIENNA’s Maria Bottis at the Ionian University is organising a public online lecture with Rafael Capurro starting from his recent paper “Pseudangelia - Pseudangelos: On False Messages and Messengers in Ancient Greece”.
AI and robotics adverse impacts – how resilient or vulnerable are we?
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SIENNA legal analysis webinar on 5 March!
The SIENNA project has produced a legal analysis of issues and human rights challenges of artificial intelligence, robotics, human enhancement and human genomics technologies and studies of how they are handled in different jurisdictions. We now invite you to hear a presentation of the results in a webinar on 5 March 2020, at 2PM Central European Time!
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SIENNA: plans for 2020
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Presenting our work for the European Commission!
Today, work package and task leaders from the SIENNA project are in Brussels to present our work to the H2020 project officer and an expert external reviewer. We are looking forward to this opportunity to review what we have done so far, and receiving feedback to improve what we do in the future.
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SIENNA and SHERPA training on ethics and artificial intelligence for European Commission
On November 26, the SIENNA and SHERPA projects are invited to organize an interactive workshop for the European Unions’ different research funding schemes. The workshop is called “Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Foreseeing the Impact and Shaping the Future” and will present findings from both projects. The focus is on the different ethical dimensions and impact of AI on the future of our society, legal- and ethical frameworks.
Into AI & robotics? SIENNA newsletter out today!
SIENNA has published a state-of-the art review on artificial intelligence and robotics. If you want to read about it, download it, and find out what else we have done in the last six months and haven't received the e-mail, you are not on our list. So go ahead and sign up to find out what we do! (or read it by clicking the link below).
State-of-the-art review of AI and robotics complete!
The SIENNA team working on ethical, legal and human rights issues of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have conducted a state-of-the-art review of the fields of AI and robotics. The report is now available for download! It offers a thorough analysis of the central concepts, the history, the present and expected technologies and applications of AI and robotics, as well as a socio-economic impact assessment of current and expected technologies used in both fields. The analysis is based on a thorough literature review. We also did interviews with, and received commentaries from, field experts.
Should political ads be banned on social media?
Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsay announced that Twitter is banning political advertising on their platform. In the announcement, Dorsey writes that our democratic system might not be ready for machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes. Al Jazeera reached out to SIENNA coordinator Philip Brey to get his view on the subject.
AI and robotics from a Spanish point of view
Developments in artificial intelligence and robotics are changing societies and affecting human rights. These technologies are expected to be the greatest money makers of the 21st century. Spain cannot turn its back on the expected financial and societal gains from AI and robotics development. So writes SIENNA's Javier Valls Prieto in a Spanish language blog post in The Conversation.
SIENNA at ENERI final conference
The ENERI project is coming to an end. On October 28-29, they will bring together leading ethics experts, researchers, policy makers, representatives from industry, research funding organisations, civil society and other stakeholders to disseminate the concepts and products developed during the three-years term of the project. SIENNA will be represented in a panel with other SwafS RE and RI projects.
Planning for the future!
Planning for the future and moving the project forward. 24-25 September, we met in Paris to discuss SIENNA impact and sustainability... Have a look below to learn what we talked about!
From data collection and analysis to frameworks and codes
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#HumanAI: New UNESCO video about the ethics of AI
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What happens with technical progress if we get AI ethics wrong?
Right now, many governments and regulators struggle to keep up with how new technologies like artificial intelligence is developing. In the latest issue of the EU Research and Innovation Magazine Horizon, Professor Philip Brey, coordinator of the SIENNA project, and Berdnt Stahl, coordinator of the SHERPA project, share their thoughts on how geting AI ethics wrong could ‘annihilate technical progress’.
Setting future ethical standards for ICT, Big Data, AI and robotics
Policymakers struggle to assess the ethical, legal and human rights impacts of IT systems in research, industry, and at home. At the same time, research needs to be useful for industry, academia, and society to have impact on policy. The PANELFIT, SHERPA and SIENNA projects just published an editorial in Orbit to explain how we collaborate and work together with stakeholders to improve ethical, human rights and legal frameworks for information and communication technologies (ICT), big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.
Now on YouTube: SIENNA, SHERPA & PANELFIT collaboration
The SIENNA, SHERPA and PANELFIT webinar on May 20 2019 marked the start of an active European collaboration in the ethics, law and human rights of emerging digital technologies. Now you can watch it on YouTube! Learn about the projects' work on artificial intelligence (AI), big data, smart information systems (SIS), and information and communication technology (ICT) in general.
Call for papers on Ethics by Design: Deadline extended to July 1
The SIENNA and SHERPA projects are issuing a call for papers for a track on ethics by design at the 4TU Ethics Biannual Conference entitled "The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies" at TU/Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on November 7-8, 2019. Deadline for submission has been extended until July 1!
The underdog in the AI ethical and legal debate: human autonomy
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Call for papers: Ethics by Design
The SIENNA and SHERPA projects are issuing a call for papers for a track on ethics by design at the 4TU Ethics Biannual Conference entitled "The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies" at TU/Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on November 7-8, 2019. Deadline for submission extended until July 1.
Don't forget to register for the SIENNA-SHERPA-PANELFIT webinar on May 20!
On Monday 20 May, 2019, three Horizon 2020 projects working with the ethical, legal and human rights aspects of different IT-technologies present in a joint webinar. Find out how we will contirbute to responsible AI, big data and data sharing.
Into AI & robotics? Connect to find out what we do!
More and more people are interacting with robots, smart devices, intelligent software, prosthetics and implants. They are used in industry, the education system, health care, our homes, the entertainment industry and military applications. The potential benefits are abundant. However, there are considerable ethical and legal challenges. Today, the SIENNA project sent our first update to stakeholders in AI and robotics. Not on our list? Sign up to find out what we do!
Public opinion surveys and panels complete!
Besides input from experts, the SIENNA project is committed to include public opinion in our work. The results will inform the ethical evaluation and the development of ethics protocols and codes. On 27 April 2019, we ended our data collection. In all, we have completed telephone surveys with over 11,000 people in 11 countries and citizen panels in 5 countries. Now, the work to analyse the data begins.
Law, AI and robotics: Legal analysis complete!
SIENNA partners have completed their research on legal developments, issues and human rights challenges related to artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. We have covered the legal developments on the international level and in the EU, and completed 12 country studies of the national level, looking at the relevant laws and human rights standards.
Free on May 20? Find out more about SIENNA, SHERPA and PANELFIT!
On May 20, 10 AM CET, the SIENNA, PANELFIT and SHERPA projects will explain what we do, where the overlaps are, and how we intend to work together to improve ethical, human rights and legal frameworks for artificial intelligence, big data, smart information systems, and ICT in general.
Stakeholder and expert input to SIENNA's ethical analysis
Today and tomorrow, SIENNA consortium members meet experts and stakeholders in Athens to discuss the project's approach to ethical analysis. Participants will discuss methods and approaches to integrate stakeholder perspectives and public opinion in ethical assessments of new technologies.
Harnessing existing human rights jurisprudence to guide AI
You don’t have to look too hard to become acutely aware of the potential dangerous effects of the development and use of algorithms and AI. It is already common knowledge that in the wrong or reckless hands these technologies may sway elections, lead to discrimination, and inhibit freedom of speech or access to information. It is then trite to say that algorithms and AI can pose serious challenges to individuals and the protection of their human rights.
Call for papers: Ethics and Human Rights in Smart Information Systems
Interested in the ethics and human rights issues in smart information systems? Join the SHERPA, SIENNA. PANELFIT, ORBIT projects and others in the IEEE Smart World Conference forum thisyear! Call for papers closing 26 April 2019.
Recap of AI & Robotics foresight workshop
On 15-16 January, the SIENNA project arranged a foresight workshop on artificial intelligence and robotics. Stakeholders and experts spent one and a half days discussing the future ethical and impacts. A short report is coming, but for anyone interested, a recap of the event is available on Twitter.
Season's greetings from SIENNA
Happy holidays from the SIENNA consortium partners in the Netherlands, China, Germany, Brazil, Poland, Greece, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Sweden, and our associate partners in Japan and the US.
Stakeholder input to SIENNA: Foresight
In January 2019, SIENNA is organising three foresight workshops to discuss risks, impacts and ethical issues of AI and robotics, human enhancement and genomics with invited stakeholders.
Embedded EthiCS postdoc opportunity at Harvard University
Want to help bring ethical reasoning into the computer science curriculum? Don't miss the embedded EthiCS postdoc opportunity at Harvard University! Apply by January 15.
Looking for AI expertise!
Are you an expert in artificial intelligence? The SIENNA project is looking for AI experts to interview for our foresight work. What do you believe is on the horizon?
AI & Robotics: New project video
We interact with machines, robots, smart devices, intelligent software, prosthetics & implants. Robots can perform human tasks on their own, and smart devices can operate autonomously. Or connect & work together. Watch our new YouTube video to find out how SIENNA will approach these issues!
Collecting stakeholder input on legal aspects of Genomics, Human Enhancement, AI & Robotics
On November 8-9, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights is hosting the second SIENNA stakeholder workshop. This time covering the legal aspects of genomics, human enhancement, AI & Robotics.
Law Disrupted, Law Re-Imagined, Law Re-Invented
SPEAKER: Roger Brownsword
Warsaw University, Lipowa 4 St.
SIENNA infographic on AI and robotics
Artificial intelligence and robotics will significantly impact society, values and human rights. What will change for the better, and what will change for the worse? Which values could change and who will be most affected? SIENNA's new infographic on AI and robotics tells us what to expect.
SIENNA - soon in your langauge!
The SIENNA project has partners from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Right now, we are working to make information about the project available in different languages to help partners communicate about our work.
The SIENNA project in Spanish
Speak Spanish? SIENNA has developed a video about the project for Spanish audiences. Follow the SIENNA Technology, ethics and human rights channel on YouTube for more videos!
Fostering cooperation and finding synergies
SIENNA's Coordinator Philip Brey and Deputy Coordinator Rowena Rodrigues represented the SIENNA project at the European Cluster Event on ‘Research Ethics and Research Integrity Projects’, organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 1 June 2018.
SIENNA underscores major issues of big data and AI at SHERPA workshop
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