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Artificial Intelligence to be used 'for good'

Artificial Intelligence (AI) must only be used "for good", according to a new parliamentary report.

A report from the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee in the UK has stated that whilst the country has the potential to be a leading name in the development of new AI technology, it should only be developed in order to aid people, and should rely on ethics whilst in development.

The report read: "[AI should] never be given the autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive people."

The Lords' report - which was named 'AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?' - also recommended that the government should support business working in the field of AI development, but stated it would be wise to set up programmes to educate people in working alongside AI in the jobs of the future.

According to the report - which was obtained by BBC News - education would help to "mitigate the negative effects" on jobs which are possible as AI develops.

It read: "Many jobs will be enhanced by AI, many will disappear and many new, as yet unknown jobs, will be created. Significant government investment in skills and training will be necessary. Retraining will become a lifelong necessity."

The report concludes by suggesting that the use of AI when fully developed should be used in ways that "benefit humanity".

It said: "AI should be developed for the common good and benefit of humanity".

Lord Clement-Jones, the chair of the Artificial Intelligence Committee, said after the report was published that the UK has "a unique opportunity to shape AI positively for the public's benefit".

He added: "The UK contains leading AI companies ... as well as a host of legal, ethical, financial and linguistic strengths. We should make the most of this environment."

The Lord also suggested that if the recommendations set out in the report are followed, the UK is "ready, willing and able to take advantage of AI."

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