From driverless cars to cheating your fit bit, we hear how the explosion of data can shape our future for better and worse. And we ask: do we have a say in what's coming around the corner?
We are surrounded by data, and with new technologies we can collect and share more of it than ever before. This creates many opportunities for new uses of data, for example in healthcare and education, and new applications, such as self-driving cars, which may involve the use of data by intelligent machines. These new applications can make a great contribution to human flourishing but also create new dilemmas in how to balance risks and benefits for individuals and communities.
We live in a world that is being transformed, by vast volumes of data and an increasing awareness of its value, computing power, and perhaps above all, by the algorithms of artificial intelligence: AI.
On 25 January 2018, the Prime Minister Theresa May reaffirmed her commitment to creating a world-first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The centre aims to enable safe, ethical and ground-breaking innovation in data-driven technologies. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, the PM suggested that it would help turn the UK into a hotspot for technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal raised concerns about how data is used in political campaigns. Dr Kate Dommett and Dr Sam Power discuss key questions we should be asking about digital political campaigning.