CAIPP members serving on government panel of AI and Health
James Maclaurin and Ali Knott have been appointed to a panel organised by the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. This will tackle the implications of this rapidly evolving technology with a focus on the opportunities it creates to satisfy unmet needs, in the context of the challenges it poses.
CAIPP member appointed to Responsible AI for Social Media Governance group
Andrew Trotman and Ali Knott have been appointed to the Responsible AI for Social Media Governance group, funded by the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. This project proposes a way in which the government of a given country can ask a social media company to conduct studies of the effects of its recommender systems on citizens of that country. The project dovetails with the workstream agreed at the 2021 Christchurch Call Summit, which also includes a focus on recommender algorithms.
CAIPP and the New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies have signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs.
The MOU is designed to facilitate ongoing consultation and sharing of research findings from the AI and Law in NZ project with the government department responsible for New Zealand's role in the D7 group of digitally advanced nations.
Professor James Maclaurin and Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan will be giving a keynote at the Statistics New Zealand Data Summit to be held at Te Papa in Wellington on 27 September:
AI Technologies | Maximising benefits, minimising potential harm
ABSTRACT: Artificial intelligence is coming at us before we fully understand what it might mean. Established ways of doing things in areas like transport regulation, crime prevention and legal practice are being challenged by new technologies such as driverless cars, crime prediction software and 'AI lawyers'. AI technologies pose fascinating legal, practical and ethical challenges, which require interdisciplinary solutions.
Professor James Maclaurin will represent New Zealand's Royal Society Te Apārangi on a Horizon Scanning Report on AI for the Australian Commonwealth Science Council.
The report was commissioned by Australia's Chief Scientist and the Commonwealth Science Council to undertake a comprehensive study into the opportunities and challenges presented by the deployment of artificial intelligence in Australia and New Zealand.
The AI and Law in New Zealand Project will again be running summer workshops at Oxford (in November 2018) and the University of Otago (in September 2019). The Oxford workshop was held at Jesus College in conjunction with Oxford's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.
CAIPP's Associate Professor David Eyers was a co-organiser of this year's 'Towards Accountable Systems' workshop which brought together experts from the computer science and law communities, from academia and industry.
The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of and establish new research directions concerning the accountability of systems, given directions in systems technologies; developing legal and regulatory requirements; and evolving user expectations.
Several of our members have started serving on the AI Forum's working groups. Michael Winikoff is on the 'Strategy' group. Stephen Cranefield is on the 'Awareness' group. David Eyers and Joy Liddicot are on the 'Trusted Data' group. Brendan McCane is on the 'Talent' group. Alistair Knott and Michael Winikoff are on the 'Law, Ethics and Society' group.