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The UK says it can’t lead on AI spending, so will have to lead on AI ethics instead

DATE POSTED:April 16, 2018

As governments around the world plan for their AI-powered futures, the UK is preparing to take on a somewhat scholarly and moral mantle. In a report published today by the House of Lords, which will be used to guide future government policy, a committee recommended that the UK “forge a distinctive role for itself as a pioneer in ethical AI.”

Doing so would allow the UK to play to its “particular blend of national assets,” write the report’s authors, and guide global development in the field. These assets include leading universities, a thriving legal industry, and “world-respected institutions such as the BBC.” The report suggests that the government sponsor more basic research into AI to develop its role, and convene a global summit in...

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