Theresa May will this week announce plans for the ethical oversight of artificial intelligence as it is increasingly used to drive cars, diagnose patients and even to help determine prison sentences. The Prime Minister is expected to use her keynote speech at a summit of World leaders in Davos on Thursday to discuss the opportunities and ethical challenges presented by the rise of artificial intelligence.
Ministers believe that Britain has the chance to become a World leader in artificial intelligence, just as it currently is in other cutting-edge technologies such as genomics. However there are significant concerns that computer algorithms could end up making critical ethical decisions without human oversight.
Mrs May is expected to announce detailed plans for a national Centre for Data Ethics to provide guidance and consult on the regulation of artificial intelligence.