A pathway towards responsible, ethical AI

This guide suggests a pathway towards responsible, ethical AI with a series of discussions helping to quickly assess ideas and their fit for the institution.

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Discussions of artificial intelligence (AI) often jump straight to “ethics”. But there may be a better way. Asking simpler questions first may show that a proposal or product isn’t a good fit for the institution anyway. But if it is, the answers to those questions, and the process of obtaining them, should clarify the ethics, too.

Whether you are choosing, using, or benefiting from artificial intelligence, we hope this pathway will make you more confident in your relationship with it.

Using the pathway

The pathway has four main questions:

  • Does this proposal fit our institution’s objectives?
  • Does using AI fit our institution’s purpose and culture?
  • Are we ready for it?
  • Does using AI raise particular issues?

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We are very grateful to members of the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA) for their help at every stage of creating this document, from initial inspiration to comments on the approach and reviewing the final paper.

About the author

andrew cormack
Andrew Cormack
Chief regulatory adviser, Jisc