UK-Japanese projects to explore effects of AI on society and economy
- Six UK-Japan projects to investigate multiple, uncertain and wide-ranging effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on people’s lives
- Could AI be used to make healthcare and legal decisions, could it transform and automate housework, or could legal liability change in accidents between humans and autonomous vehicles
- The three-year projects, worth £2.4m and ¥180m, started this month
Six innovative projects are set to uncover the multiple, uncertain and wide-ranging impacts Artificial Intelligence (AI) could have on our society, culture and economy.
The projects will boost our understanding of how AI technologies affect people’s lives, from its use in healthcare to its potential to transform housework, and the ethics of using AI to using AI to make legal decisions.
The projects cover a wide range of topics including its effects on our happiness and wellbeing, its economic implications for skills, work and education, to the transparency, responsibility, governance and ethics of using AI. One of the six projects will advise on best practice around the use of AI in healthcare to ensure it benefits everyone in Japan and in the UK, another will develop ways to predict how advances in AI could transform housework in the two countries, and another will look at the consequences of the introduction of AI into Japanese and UK legal systems.
AHRC’s Executive Chair, Professor Andrew Thompson, said:
“The potential impact of AI and machine learning is global and both the UK and Japan will encounter multiple social, cultural and economic opportunities and challenges resulting from the proliferation of these technologies.
“Recent investment in Japanese universities and funding programmes has created a vibrant, high-quality research community in Japan for exploring the broader societal implications of AI technologies. I am therefore pleased to now be working with both ESRC and JST and investing in this important area of research. These projects will help us understand the multiple ways in which AI technologies could affect people’s lives.”
The projects have been funded through UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC) in a joint UK-Japan initiative. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), both part of UKRI, contributed £2.4m via FIC, while the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST) contributed ¥180m.
Please see the full announcement on the ESRC website.
- Project summaries:
- Ensuring the benefits of AI in healthcare for all: Designing a Sustainable Platform for Public and Professional Stakeholder Engagement - Professor Jane Kaye of the University of Oxford, and Professor Beverley Anne Yamamoto of Osaka University
- PATH-AI: Mapping an Intercultural Path to Privacy, Agency, and Trust in Human-AI Ecosystems - Dr David Leslie of The Alan Turing Institute, and Professor Hiroshi Nakagawa of RIKEN
- Legal Systems and Artificial Intelligence - Professor Simon Deakin of the University of Cambridge, and Professor Mihoko Sumida of Hitotsubashi University
- The Future of Unpaid Work: AI's potential to transform unpaid domestic work in the UK and Japan - Dr Ekaterina Hertog of the University of Oxford, and Nobuko Nagase of Ochanomizu University
- Rule of Law in the Age of AI: Principles of Distributive Liability for Multi-Agent Societies - Dr Phillip Morgan of Cardiff University, and Associate Professor Tatsuhiko Inatani of Kyoto University
- Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life - Professor Andrew John McStay of Bangor University, and Professor Peter Mantello of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
- UKRI-JST Joint Call on Artificial Intelligence and Society – https://esrc.ukri.org/files/funding/funding-opportunities/ukri-jst-call-specification/
- Japanese Science and Technology Agency - https://www.jst.go.jp/EN/
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