The Ada Lovelace Institute is being established to ensure the power of data, algorithms and artificial intelligence is harnessed for social good. It will promote more informed public dialogue about the impact of these technologies on different groups in society, guide ethical practice in their development and deployment, and undertake research to lay the foundations for a data-driven society with well-being at its core.
It was initiated by the Nuffield Foundation in early 2018, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Omidyar Network for Citizens and Governance, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
The Institute will provide expert, independent commentary on the ethical and social impacts of data, algorithms and AI, to inform the thinking of governments, industry, public bodies and civil society organisations in the UK and globally.
An independent Council will lead the intellectual direction for the Institute, with individuals drawn from different sectors, disciplines and domains. The Council will provide an overview of shared ethical questions raised by the use of technologies and identify emerging social issues. It will initiate diverse working groups around ethical test cases, tasked to undertake deliberation, research and public dialogue in order to develop recommendations and frameworks for ethical practice. Over time the Institute will build up a body of shared ethical ‘case law’ for other actors to draw on.