Shadow AI Minister visits Institute of People-Centred AI
The opportunities and regulatory challenges falling from current and future trends in AI took centre stage as we were delighted to welcome Shadow Minister for Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, Matt Rodda MP to meet the team at the University of Surrey’s Institute for People-Centred AI.
During the visit, which took place shortly after the Government’s AI Safety Summit, and with the Government poised to publish the outcome of their AI regulation white paper, Mr Rodda had an opportunity to engage with a range of AI demonstrations and discuss the latest trends shaping the use of AI.
Demonstrations included a VR experience showcasing the AI4ME ‘Prosperity Partnership’ between the University, the BBC and Lancaster University focused on delivering hyper-personalised media experiences; and also the University of Surrey spinout Signapse, whose technology automatically translates online and offline text into photo-realistic sign language videos, making real-time translation affordable and easy to secure for deaf people.
During the roundtable that followed, Mr Rodda spoke with a range of academics to discuss some of the most pressing challenges surrounding effective regulation of AI. Academics included Professor Ryan Abbott (Professor of Law and Health Sciences and author of The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law); Dr Mikolaj Firlej (Lecturer in AI Law and Regulation); Professor Inga Prokopenko (Professor e-One Health and Head of Statistical Multi-Omics); and Professor Sabine Braun (Professor of Translation Studies and Director of the Centre for Translation Studies).
During his visit, Mr Rodda was hosted by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Max Lu, and the Director of the Institute for People-Centred AI, Professor Adrian Hilton.
It was a pleasure to host the Shadow Minister for AI and IP on campus to showcase the strength of our research and teaching across AI and related disciplines. It is clear that the pace and scale of the development of AI will require a collective effort to ensure appropriate regulation is put in place. The University of Surrey, with more than 30 years of experience developing AI foundational models at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Procession (CVSSP) and our pan-University Institute for People-Centred AI is well-placed to share its expertise on these matters.Professor Lu, Max, President and Vice-Chancellor
It was a fascinating experience to meet with Mr Rodda and to get an understanding of Labour’s priorities when it comes to AI. AI has the potential to revolutionise how we live, work and function as an inclusive society. It is clear that a people-centred approach to the regulation of AI is essential if we are to ensure AI continues to be harnessed as a power for good, and realises its full potential to deliver transformational benefits across so many aspects of society.Professor Adrian Hilton, Director Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI | Director of Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing
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