AI should not be vested with autonomous power to destroy or deceive human beings: UK parliamentary report

The autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive human beings should never be vested in Artificial Intelligence, said a UK parliamentary report on Monday.

Repesentational image. Artificial Intelligence.  Reuters

Representational image. Artificial Intelligence. Reuters

It is essential that ethics take center stage in AI's development and use, said the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee's report — AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?

The report said that a cross-sector AI Code should be established, which can be adopted nationally and internationally.

Suggesting principles for such a code, the committee said that AI should be developed for the common good and benefit of humanity and that it should operate on principles of intelligibility and fairness.

AI should not be used to diminish the data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities, the report said.

Moreover, all citizens should have the right to be educated to enable them to flourish mentally, emotionally and economically alongside AI, it added.

"AI is not without its risks and the adoption of the principles proposed by the Committee will help to mitigate these," said Lord Clement-Jones, Chairman of the Committee.

An ethical approach ensures the public trusts this technology and sees the benefits of using it. It will also prepare them to challenge its misuse," he added.

It is not currently clear whether existing liability law will be sufficient when AI systems malfunction or cause harm to users, and clarity in this area is needed, said the report.

In its report, the committee also pointed out that many jobs will be enhanced by AI, many will disappear and many new, as yet unknown jobs, will be created.

Warning of the dangers of a few technology firms dominating AI development, the report said that greater competition is required in this segment.


Updated Date: Apr 17, 2018 13:07 PM