Chapter 1 Regulatory insights on artificial intelligence: research for policy
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The bundle of technologies referred to as Artificial Intelligence (AI), impacting on all aspects of human life, is an under-regulated phenomenon. Many communities are confused by its complexity and technicality, while simultaneously perceiving that AI is increasingly pervasive and represents risk to their social world. Such anxiety feeds off uncertainty as to whom AI will most benefit, and what will be lost or displaced or amplified as its applications reach out into fields of life, like wage labour, where citizens and communities are otherwise vulnerable. Corporate and government promoters of AI move their justifications for the technology from inevitability to blind faith, with ill-informed trust at its core. This chapter first considers the law's regulatory reversion to AI and big data, and the increasing gap in regulation of AI. Secondly, it discusses the collection's aim in opening up new regulatory pathways with realist understandings of their social importance and future relevance. The chapter then explains how the collection breaks new ground by expressly situating the analysis of selected legal and regulatory dimensions of AI in the context of explicit critical reflections on the nature of the research challenge (and its public policy impact). Finally, it considers that the analytical approach exhibited in the collection is to interrogate real-life applications. Adopting an 'application' research mode is useful to policy framers in that they are concerned daily with the way features of 'the market' and 'the social' interact for good or ill.

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