Ethics

22 March 2019 at 10:18am
To my ex-programmer ears, phrases like "web 2.0" and "industry 4.0" always sound a bit odd. Sectors don’t have release dates, unlike Windows 10, iOS 12 or Android Oreo. Oddly, one field that does have major version releases is the law: it would be quite reasonable to view 25th May 2018 as the launch of Data Protection 3.0 in the UK. Looking at past release cycles, it seems likely to be fifteen to twenty years before we see version 4.0.
7 February 2019 at 2:35pm
Earlier this week I did a presentation to a group from Dutch Universities on the ethics work that Jisc has done alongside its studies, pilots and services on the use of data.
23 January 2018 at 11:26am
Reflecting on the scope chosen by Blackboard for our working group - "Ethical use of AI in Education" - it's worth considering what, if anything, makes education different as a venue for artificial intelligence. Education is, I think, different from commercial businesses because our measure of success should be what pupils/students achieve. Educational institutions should have the same goal as those they teach, unlike commercial settings where success is often a zero-sum game.
17 January 2018 at 3:54pm
One of the concerns commonly raised for Artificial Intelligence is that it may not be clear how a system reached its conclusion from the input data. The same could well be said of human decision makers: AI at least lets us choose an approach based on the kind of explainability we want. Discussions at last week's Ethical AI in HE meeting revealed several different options:
17 January 2018 at 3:56pm
Last week I was invited to a fascinating discussion on ethical use of artificial intelligence in higher education, hosted by Blackboard. Obviously that's a huge topic, so I've been trying to come up with a way to divide it into smaller ones without too many overlaps. So far, it seems a division into three may be possible:
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