Making the best of AI is one of the most important challenges of our century, a challenge we all face together. Future Advocacy are doing a commendable job of encouraging well-informed debate about these crucial issues, in government and in the public sphere.
— Huw Price, Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, Cambridge University; Academic Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

ethical, social, and political challenges of artificial intelligence in health

A report with the wellcome trust

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AI is coming to healthcare and medical research. How do these technologies challenge long-standing principles of medical ethics? What new challenges will healthcare practitioners, medical researchers, patients, and regulators need to face?

We interviewed and organised roundtable discussions with more than 70 experts all round the world, including clinicians, patients, computer scientists, policymakers, ethicists and regulators. 

We identify 5 key use cases for AI in health and medical research, separating hype and hope from what's actually happening.

We also identify 10 ethical, social, and political challenges that urgently need to be addressed. It is essential that research focusing on these challenges is multidisciplinary, and that the the voices of patients and their relatives are heard. It is only by developing tools that address real-world medical needs that the opportunities of artificial intelligence in health can be maximised, while the risks are minimised.

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This research was funded by The Wellcome Trust.

The impact of ai in uk constituencies

Where will automation hit hardest?

AI will affect different age groups, genders and employment sectors differently. What about geographical location?

By combining the most cutting-edge analysis of the automatability of different employment sectors with a granular look at the sectoral make-up of all British constituencies, we reveal how the impact of AI and automation may vary across the country. The proportion of jobs at high risk of automation by the early 2030s varies from 22% to over 39%, with Britain’s former industrial heartlands in the Midlands and the North of England potentially being hardest hit.

Despite these predictions, our YouGov online poll reveals that only 7% of UK adults are worried that their current job role will be replaced by AI. Only 28% are worried that AI will replace jobs in their local area.

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The raw data can be found here, while the full results are here


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The road ahead in low and middle income countries


We were commissioned by the Web Foundation to write a paper on artificial intelligence as part of their series on examining key digital trends in low and middle-income countries.

These countries are all too often overlooked in debates around the impacts of emerging technologies. By conducting extensive research and speaking to over 40 experts in more than 15 different countries, we identified both issues that these countries have in common with advanced economies, as well as certain highly-specific challenges that emerging economies face. We make 10 recommendations for maximising the opportunities and minimising the risks of artificial intelligence in low and middle income countries. 

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An intelligent future?

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We are in the early stages of an intelligence revolution.

Artificial intelligence (AI) already permeates many aspects of our lives. AI systems trade on the stock market, filter our email spam, recommend things for us to buy, navigate driverless cars, and in some places can determine whether you are paid a visit by the police. 


The fast-moving development of AI presents huge economic and social opportunities.

Over the coming years AI will drive economic productivity and growth; improve public services; and enable scientific breakthroughs. It will also bring significant risks.



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How might driverless cars affect our city? 
Special London supplement to the Future Advocacy report "An Intelligent Future?". 

According to our new exclusive YouGov poll, most Londoners still see driverless cars as a futuristic phenomenon that will not be seen on the streets of London for many years. 


This excellent report helps show us how we can ensure Artificial Intelligence delivers on the needs and wants of real people. AI is a powerful and flexible tool that will increasingly transform businesses, governments, and societies. We need to get this right.
— Kay Firth-Butterfield, Project Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at World Economic Forum; Co-Founder, Consortium for Law and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, University of Texas, Austin

Very impressive, thorough and thought-provoking document on AI.
— Stephen Fry

Artificial intelligence creates great opportunities for improving diagnosis and treatment. At the same time it brings challenges in areas such as privacy and accountability. This report provides great food for thought on how we can get the balance right.
— Dame Sally Davies, UK Chief Medical Officer

The development of AI will have profound global consequences and the UN has a vital role to play in making sure the opportunities are maximized and the risks are minimized. The UNICRI Centre on AI and Robotics seeks to enhance understanding through improved coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, awareness-raising and outreach activities. Future Advocacy is a valuable contributor to these important global efforts.
— Irakli Beridze, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute