Researchers at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh are leading a collaboration with the University of the West of England and the University of Oxford which will lay the foundations for the next generation of AI systems capable of providing new levels of autonomy in hardware and software agents, understand the ethical and societal implications of increased autonomy, and build a roadmap and UK community to support a future major UK initiative in this area.
Our work builds on many ideas developed as part of the emerging Edinburgh Laboratory for Integrated AI , which focuses the integration of different machine learning and symbolic reasoning modules to enable human-like reasoning in AI systems.
The project is part of The Alan Turing Institute’s AI Programme, and is supported by funding from EPSRC and The University of Edinburgh.
One of the first results of the project has been to develop our vision of Incremental Autonomy in a position paper we hope to get feedback from the wider community on via this online questionnaire.
Call To Action
While the project will pursue one specific approach to exemplify the potential of new approaches in terms of unlocking a step change in autonomy, our wider ambition is to build a UK-wide community of researchers working across all areas of AI and interested in developing a long-term research agenda for the wider area.
If you are interested in participating in our activities, please complete the form at https://forms.office.com/r/ZkQhvTNyzY and/or contact Michael Rovatsos (project lead) directly.