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After the pandemic: Ethical frameworks for AI post-coronavirus

Across the world, Covid-19 is rapidly overturning established conventions and assumptions about the willingness of governments to use technology in order to control the pandemic.

In recent years the development of innovative AI applications was developing as quickly - if not faster - than the ability of regulators, policy-makers and philosophers to absorb and respond to the questions these new powerful tools presented.

At the time of writing, it appears that more intrusive measures (including use of data and AI) have been more effective in controlling disease spread. If this is proven, Covid-19 could become a watershed moment for the tolerance of societies worldwide to accept an ethical framework different than that envisaged by leading Western democratic institutions.

As part of our new series on technology and society, we have interviewed three leading industry leaders - experts in AI and machine learning - on their outlook for ethical frameworks post-Covid-19.


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