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The Ada Lovelace Institute is an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.

Ada will promote informed public understanding of the impact of AI and data-driven technologies on different groups in society.

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Data science and the case for ethical responsibility

Tim Gardam, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation, recently delivered a speech to the British Computer Society on the history of data ethics and the importance of the Ada Lovelace Institute

by Tim Gardam

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Nuffield Foundation publishes roadmap for AI ethics research

A new report from the Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge sets out a broad roadmap for work on the ethical and societal implications of technologies driven by algorithms, data and AI (ADA).

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Public deliberation could help address AI’s legitimacy problem in 2019

The importance of public legitimacy – which refers to the broad base of public support that allows companies, designers, public servants and others to design and develop AI to deliver beneficial outcomes – was illustrated by a series of public, highly controversial events that took place in 2018.

by Reema Patel

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The ethical and political questions raised by AI

Picture a system that makes decisions that have a huge impact on a person’s prospects and life course; or even that makes decisions that are literally life and death. Imagine that system is hugely complex, and also opaque: it is very hard to see how it comes to the conclusions it does. A system that is discriminatory by its nature: it sorts people into winners and losers; but the criteria by which it does so are not clear.

by Dr Stephen Cave

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First board members appointed to lead Ada Lovelace Institute

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed the first board members to lead the strategic development of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) work for people and society.

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Data for the common good – framing the debate

Over the past few years debates about data have frequently made headline news. To help us to better understand data, including its uses and ethical implications, various analogies have been used. Although analogies can help us get a better grasp of this complex issue, we should be wary of the limitations of these comparisons.

by Reema Patel

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Keeping society in the loop about data ethics and AI

There is a growing expectation that technologies and algorithms should align with, and reflect, commonly held public and societal values. But to make this happen, society needs to be kept ‘in the loop’. Do we need an implicit social contract between those developing and designing the tech and those who may be affected by it?

by Reema Patel