The Government has appointed Ireland’s first Artificial Intelligence Ambassador.
Entrepreneur Dr. Patricia Scanlon will take over the role and will be tasked with communicating with businesses, schools and institutions about the benefits and risks of AI.
She is the founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs, which uses artificial intelligence in developing voice and speech recognition applications designed for children’s voices.
From robots and facial recognition software to social media apps and streaming platforms, AI is playing an increasingly important role in people’s lives.
There are ethical concerns about technology when it comes to privacy, surveillance, bias, and discrimination.
There are also fears about the impact automation will have on unemployment in situations where workers are replaced by machines.
The Government said its new AI Ambassador will lead a national conversation on the role of AI in people’s lives, emphasizing Ireland’s commitment to an ethical approach to the use of technology.
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Dr Scanlon was announced as an AI Ambassador by Minister of State Robert Troy at an event at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Fairview, Dublin.
“AI can bring great benefits to our society in areas such as healthcare, climate action and education,” said Mr. Troy.
“It is important that we look at all aspects of technology so that we have a full and informed understanding of how it will affect life now and in the future,” he added.
The AI Ambassador position was filled following an open call for expressions of interest and an evaluation process.
“Artificial intelligence is already influencing many facets of our daily lives and has the power to make a huge, positive impact for both business and society once the potential benefits and risks are understood,” said Dr Scanlon. .
“I see a clear opportunity for Ireland to become a leader in advocating and adopting an ethical approach to AI, which puts humans first,” he added.
Dr. Scanlon assumes her position immediately and will work with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on a schedule of commitments in her new position.