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Machine Intelligence Garage Ethics Committee Advisory Group

Open date: Monday 12 August 2019   Close date: Sunday 15 September 2019

Ethical use of algorithms and data is an important component for the sustainable development of artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The topic of AI ethics is often complex, further complicated with an absence of clear governance around data ethics in the context of AI. Both startups and large organisations are finding it difficult to define and apply ethical standards for AI.

To promote the development of sustainable and ethical AI, Digital Catapult is expanding its AI Ethics Committee, chaired by Professor Luciano Floridi (Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford).

The AI Ethics Committee supports and forms part of our Machine Intelligence Garage, a Digital Catapult programme that is part funded by Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund (as part of the CAP-AI project.)

Why you should get involved?

The Machine Intelligence Garage Ethics Committee as an independent body works closely with companies to analyse how ethics principles can be applied to create sustainable AI-powered products and services with a positive impact on society.

This is an opportunity to be part of an initiative that will apply ethics principles in “the wild” and to collaborate with experts from a range of domains.

To date the committee has published its ethics framework and our Advisory Group members have been part of the selection and onboarding process for three Machine Intelligence Garage cohorts.

Who should apply?

We are seeking to appoint six new members of the Ethics Committee Advisory Group to join the existing committee (currently six on the Advisory Group and six on the Steering Board).

Applications should preferably be from candidates with expertise in the following areas:

  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Technology
  • Data Science
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Additional info

The Advisory Group will provide unbiased assessment of applications based on the ethical framework we have published. In addition, the members will provide practical advice on ways in which companies can implement the suggestions into their product or service.

Key activities of the Advisory Group will be to:

  • Participate twice a year in half day roundtable discussions to establish and keep the principles for the Committee work updated
  • Every 10 weeks: participate in calls with potential cohort companies to explore challenges and opportunities with their products and organisation, based on the principles in the ethics framework. Calls are one hour each and can be done remotely.
  • We will require at least two members to contribute at each ten-weekly deadline. This is to enable maximum flexibility around members’ other commitments
  • Undertake deep ethics consultation with companies to draft roadmap for integrating and implementing different principles. This will require five days of work and involves initial kick-off meeting, interviews with different members of the company, drafting roadmap, wrap up meeting, and follow up calls

Members of the Ethics Committee Advisory Group will be paid a rate of £500 per day.

Next steps

Interested? Please respond to the open call below and the team will be in touch with you within two weeks of the call closing.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must be based in the UK
  • Applicants should not work for commercial/for profit companies
  • Candidate neutrality will be important in assessing applications

Your application will be assessed by technical and programme delivery experts from Digital Catapult. We reserve the right to reject applications if it is: not clear and concise; has an obvious lack of content/evidence; or does not provide any clear, meaningful response to the application questions or requirements.

Understanding and response to the questions

We’re looking for clear evidence that you have understood the duties that would be involved in being a member of the Ethics Committee Advisory Group.

Relevant industry or academic experience

We are interested in applications from those who have relevant industry or academic experience to the industry being addressed.

Demonstrated expertise in the area

We are looking for applications from experts that have expertise and experience in appropriate areas (ethics, law, technology, data science, machine learning, science and technology studies). We are interested in those that can bring new cutting edge ideas into discussions.




The Machine Intelligence Garage programme is delivered by Digital Catapult as part of a CAP-AI project and is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund.