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NYES at laucnch of IEAIED

NYES backs Institute of Ethical AI in Education

NYES is proud to announce its support for the recently launched Institute of Ethical Artificial Intelligence in Education (IEAIED).

The Institute will tackle the threat young people face due to the unduly rapid growth of new technology with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) software to accelerate learning outcomes.

It is being led by educationalist Sir Anthony Seldon, AI in education scientist Professor Rose Luckin and social impact entrepreneur Priya Lakhani with support from an advisory council made up of senior academics, politicians and entrepreneurs.

The Institute has been set up because the growing volume and diversity of data generated raises ethical concerns about what happens to that data, who owns it, who uses it, for what purposes, and who is accountable for its interpretation and exploitation.

The IEAIED believes that AI in Education beyond academic research, where ethical approval must be sought and granted, is the ‘wild west’, with no consistent or effective governance. Businesses are taking advantage of people in the way that they are building, implementing and rolling out AI and this needs to be addressed before any more harm is done.

Attending the official launch hosted by the Rt Hn John Bercow at Westminster this morning (18 October), Stacey Burlet, Assistant Chief Executive and Commercial director for NYES commented “this is a fantastic development for the education sector as the Institute drives forward improvements in helping all pupils to learn holistically, in an ethical and structured way”.

Stacey added: “It’s wonderful that NYES has been able to be part of the first step in what’s certain to be a shift change; providing teachers with the technology and reliable data they need to focus on creative learning and independent thinking. The institute is a true force for good and we want to back it all the way to help it succeed”.

The IEAIED, based at the University of Buckingham, will see how data and AI within education can be designed and deployed ethically. The aim is to make the UK a world leader in ethical AI for education by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to protect the vulnerable and maximise the benefits of AI.

 The institute will look at how ethics can be ‘designed in’ to every aspect of AI in education and training from the inception of an idea for an AI product or service to the adoption of that AI within society.

 Assumptions about human behaviour that underlie current AI development and how social values are manifested in AI design will be considered. The IEAIED will look at how ethical frameworks can be grounded in responsible innovation and integrated with our assumptions to transform how AI innovators make decisions.

The IEAIED will also examine the purposes of a person’s education, in order to ensure that AI in education does not prioritise certain aspects of learning at the expense of others, which can distort the process of learning and human development.

Advisory Board Members include Lord Clement Jones, Sir Tim O’Shea, Geoff Barton, Sherry Coutu, Gi Fernando, David Puttnam, Fiona Boulton, Vivienne Durham, Alan Winfield, Essie North and Ann Mroz.