Ethical artificial intelligence centre opens

Building “machines with morals” and addressing the ethics of artificial intelligence are among the goals of a new research and teaching centre at the University of Guelph.

Among only a handful of Canadian groups of its kind, the new Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence will ensure that AI technologies – now being rapidly deployed in numerous fields from health care to feeding the world – benefit people and minimize harm. It also aims to influence public policy and regulations.

“We want to connect researchers trying to solve real problems that are important to people,” says Graham Taylor, an engineering professor who serves as the centre’s academic director.

The centre will involve almost 90 researchers and scholars from across campus and include an advisory panel of academic and industry leaders. Researchers will look at the humanistic and social aspects of AI and focus on applying machine learning and AI to U of G strengths.