During the Review for the House of Lords AI Report Baroness Olly mentioned something rather insightful and a little profound: She said that the moment AI works, no one calls it AI anymore. So "AI" is not only iRobot and Terminator. Here a nice little excerpt from the Report “You wake up, refreshed, as your phone alarm goes off at 7:06am, having analysed your previous night’s sleep to work out the best point to interrupt your sleep cycle. You ask your voice assistant for an overview of the news, and it reads out a curated selection based on your interests. Your local MP is defending herself—a video has emerged which seems to show her privately attacking her party leader. The MP claims her face has been copied into the footage, and experts argue over the authenticity of the footage.4 As you leave, your daughter is practising for an upcoming exam with the help of an AI education app on her smartphone, which provides her with personalised content based on her strengths and weaknesses in previous lessons.”
We also got a nod! Lord Clement-Jones mentioned the Hub of All Things which was also included in the actual report. To be honest, we were a bit like giddy children at Christmas.
Recap. Here's the excerpt from the Lord's AI report about HAT:
“The Hub of All Things (HAT) project, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and involving researchers from six British universities, seeks to help users take back control of their personal data by creating decentralised personal databases, controlled by individuals, allowing them to see all of their personal data in one place, see how it is being used, and sell or exchange it in return for money or benefits in kind.”
It is important to talk about how we are interacting with technology in new ways, from giving voice commands to washing machines to playing advanced gesture-controlled video games. Governments are competing to establish superior AI research, seeing AI as a lever for greater economic influence and power. These are the early stages of drastic shifts in the labor market.
It was all in all, an enriching experience. If you have the chance to be there next year, do it!