New Paper from Geoff Mulgan Argues for UK Machine Intelligence Commission

Andrew Young — February 25, 2016

This week, Nesta shared a new paper written by Network member Geoff Mulgan. The paper, “A machine intelligence commission for the UK: how to grow informed public trust and maximise the positive impact of smart machines,” is based on a talk Mulgan gave at the Alan Turing Institute earlier this month.

Mulgan described the major arguments outlined in the paper in a blog post announcing its publication:

“This paper makes the case for creating a Machine Intelligence Commission - a new public institution to help the development of new generations of algorithms, machine learning tools and uses of big data, ensuring that the public interest is protected.

I argue that new institutions of this kind – which can interrogate, inspect and influence technological development – are a precondition for growing informed public trust. That trust will, in turn, be essential if we are to reap the full potential public and economic benefits from new technologies. The proposal draws on lessons from fields such as human fertilisation, biotech and energy, which have shown how trust can be earned, and how new industries can be grown.  It also draws on lessons from the mistakes made in fields like GM crops and personal health data, where lack of trust has impeded progress.”

Read the paper here.