Since the beginning of 2020 we have been exploring what diverse UK publics need to understand about AI in order to be able to hold AI decision making to account, and to contribute towards designing AI in the public interest. Our approach incorporates what we have learned through community and charity workshops, designing content for an online course about living with AI, developing and researching AI literacy frameworks, and working with universities and other partners on research projects, participatory design and public engagements.
Although the pace of change in AI can be a bit dizzying, the key principles people need to know remain the same, whether they are contributing to research or engagements, making consumer or employee decisions, or engaging in activism. However, there are currently no educational standards for general level competencies related to understanding what AI is and its impacts on society. Key principles and methods are often not identified, and there are many barriers which get in the way and create public misconceptions and confusing misdirection.
Could you work with us?
We are currently seeking support for our core projects, and can also work with others looking to improve communications and public understanding of AI systems and dilemmas. Some of the projects we are working on are: