Understanding the cultural contexts shaping how AI is perceived and developed, and the consequences this has for diversity, cognitive justice and social justice.
The AI: Narratives and Justice Programme investigates the cultural contexts shaping how AI is perceived and developed, and the consequences for diversity, cognitive justice and social justice. The Programme brings together expertise from the humanities, the social sciences, and computer science in order to produce scholarly work that will inform future research - in academia, industry, business, and government - and encourage effective interventions to ensure AI is developed in ethical ways that are beneficial and just for all.
The Programme consists of two active projects. In collaboration with the Royal Society, the AI Narratives project explores how the fictional and non-fictional stories told about intelligent machines affect the research, reception and regulation of current technology, in the Anglophone West. The Global AI Narratives project (jointly funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and DeepMind) extends this investigation globally in order to explore different regional narratives of artificial intelligence, how they impact on local debate, and how we might learn from them globally. Three further projects are in development: History of AI aims to historicise intelligent systems, and their politics, from antiquity to the present; AI and Gender aims to examine the ethical and social consequences of the relationship between gender and artificial intelligence; Decolonising AI aims to investigate and evidence the ways in which AI and its imaginaries can exacerbate, but also resolve, injustices based on racial and ethnic discrimination.