Australia - Making Artificial Intelligence Ethical.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Australia - Telecommunications, Media & Technology

6 September, 2019


The rapid progress of artificial intelligence (AI) is occurring on many different fronts. It is now in our living rooms, cars and even in our pockets.


As an ubiquitous technology, its applications and uses will increasingly extend into the everyday aspects of our lives and society at large. It promises to help solve global challenges like climate change, making driving safer, transform wildlife conservation and provide us with access to quality medical care.


But as the technology continues to expand its role in our lives, important questions have emerged:


  • What level of trust can and should we place in AI? and
  • How can we ensure that it benefits society as a whole?


While private and public sectors experiment with AI, complex social, ethical, legal and political questions emerge around AI bias, privacy, "blackbox AI" and the use of lethal autonomous weapons. Government research organisations, think tanks and other groups are crafting policy to ensure the responsible and ethical use of AI.


In Canberra (Thursday, 29 August) and Sydney (Friday, 30 August), two world-renowned UK artificial intelligence and data ethics experts, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo and Roger Taylor, will be sharing their knowledge of the UK's experience in developing regulation and governance around AI and data ethics.


Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, is a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Dr Taddeo will be presenting on "How to Design AI for Good". 


Roger Taylor is Chair of the UK's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He will present on "Why we need a 'whole of government – whole of community' approach to AI".


For more information regarding these seminars, please contact Business Development Executive, Leah Peakman.

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For further information, please contact:


Tim Brookes, Partner, Ashurst
[email protected]


Ashurst would like to thank the British High Commission in supporting Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo and Roger Taylor's visit to Australia.