The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry on AI regulation. 

The Committee points out that that use of artificial intelligence has increased significantly in recent years. It offers a range of potential benefits such as quicker analysis of large datasets allowing more accurate information, forecasts and predictions, and more personalised public services. However, there are several concerns, which we have written about several times, such as the possibility of biased algorithms, a lack of transparency and unexplained decision-making. The UK government is expected to publish a white paper on AI governance later this year to address these issues.

The Committee will examine the effectiveness of AI governance and the government’s proposals. It asks the following questions:

The Committee seeks feedback about the following questions:

  • How effective is current governance of AI in the UK?
  • What are the current strengths and weaknesses of current arrangements, including for research?
  • What measures could make the use of AI more transparent and explainable to the public?
  • How should decisions involving AI be reviewed and scrutinised in both public and private sectors?
  • Are current options for challenging the use of AI adequate and, if not, how can they be improved?
  • How should the use of AI be regulated, and which body or bodies should provide regulatory oversight?
  • To what extent is the legal framework for the use of AI, especially in making decisions, fit for purpose?
  • Is more legislation or better guidance required?
  • What lessons, if any, can the UK learn from other countries on AI governance?

The inquiry follows the publication by the UK government of its proposed light touch approach to AI regulation, as well as the EU’s proposed AI Regulation. It ends on 25 November 2022.  Businesses interested in the future of AI regulation may wish to respond to the Committee and should watch out for the government’s White Paper.