AI for Everyone

A new book on the ethical issues of Artificial Intelligence has been published by the University of Westminster.  I am thrilled it has been published under Open Access, so is free to any who want it.  This is how academic research should be done!

You can download a copy of this excellent book here, or from the University of Westminster website.  Please share it around!

AI for Everyone? Critical Perspectives

Edited by Pieter Verdegem

This book is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 license. Copyright is retained by the author(s)

This book has been peer reviewed.


We are entering a new era of technological determinism and solutionism in which governments and business actors are seeking data-driven change, assuming that Artificial Intelligence is now inevitable and ubiquitous. But we have not even started asking the right questions, let alone developed an understanding of the consequences. Urgently needed is debate that asks and answers fundamental questions about power. This book brings together critical interrogations of what constitutes AI, its impact and its inequalities in order to offer an analysis of what it means for AI to deliver benefits for everyone. The book is structured in three parts: Part 1, AI: Humans vs. Machines, presents critical perspectives on human-machine dualism. Part 2, Discourses and Myths About AI, excavates metaphors and policies to ask normative questions about what is ‘desirable’ AI and what conditions make this possible. Part 3, AI Power and Inequalities, discusses how the implementation of AI creates important challenges that urgently need to be addressed. Bringing together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and regional contexts, this book offers a vital intervention on one of the most hyped concepts of our times.



Conference – Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies 10-12 March

Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies 10-12 March

Save the date for our final (online) event on Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies on March 10, 11 and 12! In the conferencewe will discuss ethical and human rights issues raised by emerging technologies, and will assess the new methods and instruments we need for ethical guidance and governance of emerging technologies.

Over three days, we will address instruments like regulation, innovation policies, research ethics frameworks, Ethics by Design methodologies, education and training progammes, standards, and certification. Here, we will present and discuss results of the 3,5 years of work that the SIENNA project has conducted. The conference consists of four parts, which can be attended separately.

Watch this space for preliminary programme and registration information, or sign up to the SIENNA newsletter to make sure  you receive the invitation.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics:  Ethical, legal and human rights challenges.

In this part of the conference, we will discuss how ethics is currently being used and integrated in AI practices and institutions, diagnose problems and challenges, and will propose ways to move forward.  We will discuss new research ethics frameworks for AI, new regulatory and policy proposals, Ethics by Design methodologies, the role of stakeholders and the general public in responsible innovation for AI, the role of critical and social studies of AI in ethics and policy, and education and training programmes for ethics of AI.

Human Genomics:  Ethical, legal and human rights challenges

In this session, we will discuss the new ethical challenges brought by new human genomics technologies, particularly new technologies for genome sequencing and editing, and their various uses in diagnosis and therapy.  We will discuss regulatory challenges for human genomics, and possible solutions for them, and we will propose new instruments for ethical guidance and governance of genomic technologies, including a new SIENNA-initiated code of conduct for international data sharing in genomics.

Human Enhancement:  Ethical, legal and human rights challenges

In this session, we will discuss the ethical challenges emerging human enhancement technologies, and assess the current state of the field and the steps that should be taken to meet ethical challenges in the future.  We will present and discuss the new SIENNA-initiated ethics guidelines for human enhancement, the first extended set of guidelines for human enhancement research, development and use that have been proposed, and we will discuss needed new policy initiatives that are needed for responsible innovation of human enhancement technologies.

Assessment and Guidance of new emerging technologies

In this final session, we will propose new approaches for ethical and human rights assessment, guidance and governance of emerging technologies.  What steps do different actors need to take to enable responsible innovation, and what tools and methods do they need?  We will present and discuss proposals for integrating ethical guidance with regulation and policy, including stakeholders in ethical analysis and governance, for combining ethical analysis with foresight and social impact assessment, for the development of general and domain- and actor-specific ethics guidelines, standards and certification, and for including Ethics by Design methods in technology development.

Public consultation on ethical guidance for genomics, human enhancement, AI & robotics

SIENNA Public consultation on ethical guidance for genomics, human enhancement, AI & robotics 11-25 January

SIENNA invites you to participate in a public consultation on our proposals! Between 11-25 January we invite you to a public consultation of a group of documents with concrete ethical guidance for human genetics and genomics, human enhancement, artificial intelligence and robotics! Find out more about the process here, or go straight to the proposals you are interested in (listed below).

Human genomics

  • Operational guidance for ethical self-assessment of research

Human Enhancement

  • Ethical guidelines for research, development & application of human enhancement and proposals for the creation of an appropriate body to oversee and analyse trends towards human enhancement, assess moral and social consequences, provide information and advice.

Artificial intelligence & robotics

  • Ethics by design & ethics of use approaches for AI, robotics & big data
  • Industry education and buy-in
  • AI ethics education, training and awareness raising
  • Ethics as attention to context: recommendations for AI ethics

The documents that are now made public for feedback include: