By building a thriving and inclusive environment for people from across sectors and disciplines to work together, we are helping to grow the UK’s capability and capacity in AI.
This research is supporting the development of the AI technologies of the future and as a technology that:
- the public can trust
- businesses will adopt
- will address the societal, economic and environmental challenges facing the world today.
Programmes within AHRC’s AI portfolio also make important contributions to our organisational objectives.
Enabling a responsible AI ecosystem
This programme will address a key contemporary challenge in the sphere of AI and data ethics and regulation. It has been developed to align with the recommendations of the National AI Strategy.
We want the development and deployment of AI and related data-driven technologies to be responsible, ethical and accountable by default. This means that the regulations, standards and policies that govern them need to incentivise these practices in ways that:
- foster innovation
- provide benefits to UK Plc and its publics.
We expect the programme to enable a step-change in how responsible and ethical approaches to AI and data-driven technologies are perceived and how they are applied to positively transform commercial, business-led and public-facing endeavours.
Living with machines
This programme is unlocking the potential of cultural assets through its radical model of collaboration and multidisciplinarity.
The project is devising new research methods to allow computational linguists and historians to track societal and cultural change in new ways. It is also producing its own historical findings, as well as releasing open source tools and methods that can be reused not only for digital research in the humanities, but also in other fields.
For example, the project released Structured Timeline of Passenger Stations in Great Britain (StopsGB), a dataset of 12,000 geolocated rail stations. This will be a key resource for future research on the impact of the rail system in Great Britain.
The dataset is available on the British Library research repository. Through its extensive digitisation effort, the project has also made a major contribution to a set of one million ‘free to view’ out of copyright newspapers through the British Newspaper Archive.
A collaborative exhibition at Leeds City Museum in summer 2022 will incorporate key themes and early findings and outcomes from the project, raising public awareness of how digital research in the humanities can enhance understanding of history.
The team has also co-authored a short book, to be published in late 2022, sharing the lessons gained from undertaking a large, highly collaborative project at the interface between history, data science and cultural heritage.
This book will form part of the project’s legacy. It also complements ongoing engagement with the wider digital humanities sector through educational sessions and workshops aiming to improve training and understanding of digital humanities in the UK.