The Institute for Ethics in AI will bring together world-leading philosophers and other experts in the humanities with the technical developers and users of AI in academia, business and government. The ethics and governance of AI is an exceptionally vibrant area of research at Oxford and the Institute is an opportunity to take a bold leap forward from this platform.
The Institute launched on 16th February 2021 with a virtual panel discussion introduced by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson. The panelists were Professor Joshua Cohen (Apple University), Professor Hélène Landemore (Yale University) and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, all chaired by the Institute's Director, Professor John Tasioulas.
Every day brings more examples of the ethical challenges posed by AI; from face recognition to voter profiling, brain machine interfaces to weaponised drones, and the ongoing discourse about how AI will impact employment on a global scale. This is urgent and important work that we intend to promote internationally as well as embedding in our own research and teaching here at Oxford.
The presentations below set the scene for the planned Institute for Ethics in AI within the Faculty of Philosophy. Firstly from Sir Nigel Shadbolt, then by Carissa Véliz discussing the placement and followed by talks outlining relevant research at four major existing centres and institutes within Oxford.
‘Background and Aims of the Institute for Ethics in AI’ (Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principal of Jesus College, Department of Computer Science)
‘The place of philosophy in the Ethics of AI’, Carissa Véliz
Research on Ethics and AI at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Tom Douglas
Research on Ethics and AI at the Oxford Internet Institute, Vicki Nash
Research on Ethics and AI at the Big Data Institute, Gil McVean
Research on Ethics and AI at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, Mike Parker
Events and Podcasts
A large range of topics fall within the area of interest for the Institute for Ethics in AI. These include, but are not limited to, bias and discrimination in algorithmic decision-making, how AI bears on the value of human autonomy, the right to a human decision, the nature and value of human-robot relationships, AI applications in health care, the moral status of AI, the place of work in human life and the implications of AI for the workplace, and the ways in which AI and digital technology pose threats to, but also offer opportunities for, democratic governance.
The Institute will bring together academics and their expertise in all areas of Ethics in AI with regular podcasts, seminars and events. The events page is regularly updated to show our scheduled events. To receive alerts for the upcoming live events, you can subscribe to the Institute for Ethics in AI YouTube channel.