Artificial intelligence can lead to an education revolution but must be developed ethically – FE News

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“Today’s report represents an important contribution to education policy debates by outlining how we can ensure our children benefit from the enormous potential of AI.”

Meanwhile, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Chair of the Institute’s Advisory Council, said:

“Since the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence published its report, Ready, Willing and Able?, great progress has been made in grappling with the ethical implications of artificial intelligence. Bodies such as The European Commission’s Higher Level Expert Group on AI and the OECD have equipped us with a robust understanding of the key risks associated with the use of artificial intelligence.

“But to answer many of the thornier ethical questions, the benefits of AI need to be considered too – and these vary widely between different contexts. Sector-specific ethical frameworks will be a necessary part of the digital ethics landscape. This interim report demonstrates that the Institute is not just providing leadership in the education sector, but also a model that other sectors may choose to replicate in addressing specific ethical questions.”

The report states that an ethical framework for the use of AI in education cannot be built in isolation and imposed upon stakeholders. Instead, it must be developed with them and therefore represent a shared vision of ethical AI in education.

The Institute will seek to find consensus on the benefits to be gained from AI in education; whether and how red lines need to be drawn to protect learners from significant risks; where the benefits of AI in education outweigh the risks; and how risks can be managed, mitigated and, where possible, removed.

To work towards this shared vision, the Institute will implement a programme of consultation and deliberation, which will involve a call for evidence, focus groups, roundtable events, and an international conference. The findings will directly inform the content of the framework for ethical AI in education.

The key objective of The Institute for Ethical AI in Education, formed in 2018, is to ensure that learners – of all ages, throughout the globe – can optimally experience the benefits of artificial intelligence, whilst being protected from the risks posed by this technology. The Institute is based at the University of Buckingham.

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