Us Ai gives Evidence to APPG

15th June 2018

This week we were honoured to have the chance to give evidence to the Government All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Artificial Intelligence.

The APPG on Ai is a government committee designed to explore the impact and implications of Artificial Intelligence for the UK as a whole. They provide recommendations and reports for the government on how to respond to artificial intelligence and help design the UK’s industrial strategy and guidance on Ai technologies.

Ai has already become a major force in the UK economy, and with the government’s commitment to invest a further £1bn in the sector by 2025, Britain looks set to become a world leader in the field.

According to Pete:

I was delighted and honoured to be invited to speak to the APPG on Monday. We all know that Ai is one of the most pervasive themes at the moment, and the APPG’s commitment to creating a steering committee for Ai across industry makes a lot of sense. By giving evidence to the APPG, we hope to be able to make a positive contribution to that discussion. The ‘state of the industry report’ that we co-authored with BIMA (the British Interactive Media Association) shed quite a lot of light on the maturity, and impact of Ai on the digital sector as a whole. To be able to present some of that evidence back, I hope, makes a tangible difference to the narrative moving forward. The single biggest finding from the report is that the language used in the mainstream press, and media, is creating huge issues for the Ai sector. Language is currently used to disguise, rather than illuminate the public. With stories about rampaging war robots, and terminator photos, absorbing quite a lot of the focus on the positive opportunities Ai can bring. My fear is, that as the media coverage of Ai grows decadent, the language some media outlets continue to use to describe this technology also grows decadent, and it’s creating both conflict and confusion in equal measures. The role of any committee should be to help guide some of that coverage, and focus more of the public attention on the science, and industry at the heart of the hype, and not the lens of ‘what-ifs’ and ‘maybes’.

At Us Ai we have a commitment to creating artificial intelligence responsibly and in a way that benefits both people interacting with it and society as a whole. We’re very excited by the opportunity to continue working with the government to define the future of our sector.