Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example

A few days ago the UK Royal Society published their two-year policy project on Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example.

The project began in November 2015 with the aim of  investigating the potential of machine learning over the next 5-10 years, and the barriers to realising that potential in the UK. As it carried out its investigation, the project engaged with key audiences – in policy communities, industry, academia, and the public – to raise awareness of machine learning, understand views held by the public and contribute to public debate about this technology, and identify the key social, ethical, scientific, and technical questions that machine learning presents.

The full report (PDF, 3.3Mb) published on the 25th April 2017, comes at a critical time in the rapid development and use of this technology, and the growing debate about how it will reshape the UK economy and people’s lives.