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Hughes Hall Fellow plays vital role in launch of the UK’s first Master’s degree in the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI)

Dr Stephen Cave, a Fellow of Hughes Hall, leads the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) as its Executive Director. The CFI has now launched an exciting new MSt course in partnership with the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education: AI Ethics & Society

The course is designed for professionals from a rich mix of professional backgrounds including business, management, policy, technology, design, consultancy, law, communications, and others, and is devoted to developing leaders who can tackle the hard AI questions that are most relevant for the workplace today.

“People are using AI in different ways across every industry, and they are asking themselves, ‘How can we do this in a way that broadly benefits society?’

Dr Stephen Cave

The use of Artificial Intelligence in our society has increased dramatically and now impacts many facets of our lives, a fact that is reflected in the CFI’s extensive catalogue of research. The course will explore a number of important areas related to the use of AI such as privacy, surveillance, justice, fairness, algorithmic bias, misinformation, Big Data, responsible innovation and more.

Dr Stephen Cave

Dr Cave says: “Everyone is familiar with the idea of AI rising up against us. It’s been a staple of many celebrated films like Terminator in the 1980s, 2001: A Space Odyssey in the 1960s, and Westworld in the 1970s, and more recently in the popular TV adaptation.

“But there are lots of risks posed by AI that are much more immediate than a robot revolt. There have been several examples which have featured prominently in the news, showing how it can be used in ways that exacerbate bias and injustice.

“It’s crucial that future leaders are trained to manage these risks so we can make the most of this amazing technology. This pioneering new course aims to do just that.

“We have brought together cutting-edge knowledge on the responsible and beneficial use of AI, and want to impart that to the developers, policymakers, businesspeople and others who are making decisions right now about how to use these technologies.”

Applications for AI Ethics & Society close on 31st March 2021, with the first course starting in October 2021. 

For further information about the course, please visit: http://lcfi.ac.uk/master-ai-ethics/ 

Read more coverage in The Independent, the Cambridge Independent and the University of Cambridge.