‘Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life

  • Urquhart, Lachlan (Principal Investigator)
  • McStay, Andrew (Principal Investigator)
  • Bakir, Vian (Co-investigator)
  • Miranda, Diana (Co-investigator)
  • Miyashita, Hiroshi (Co-investigator)
  • Mantello, Peter (Principal Investigator)
  • Ghotbi, Nader (Co-investigator)
  • Tanaka, Hiromi (Co-investigator)

Project Details

Description

This project is joint funded by UK and Japan research councils as part of the UKRI-JST Joint Call on Artificial Intelligence and Society. It runs from 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2022. Its Full Economic Cost value is approx. £710,000  (comprising £497,710 from UKRI’s Economic and Social Research Council and 29,645,000 Yen from Japan Science & Technology funds)

The project, which is titled 'Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life', is to be a three-year project beginning 1st January 2020 during which the team will work on "biometric and online technologies that sense, learn and interact with emotions, moods, attention and intentions". It will also examine the societal implications of these technologies in cities both in the UK and Japan.

The research team aims to assess what it means to live ethically and well with Emotional AI in smart cities in cross-cultural commercial, security and media contexts. As well as interviewing key stakeholders developing or deploying emotional AI in smart cities, the team will examine governance approaches (laws, norms, values) for collection and use of intimate data about emotions in public spaces to understand how these guide Emotional AI technological developments.

Importantly, it will seek to understand diverse citizens’ attitudes to Emotional AI, and will co-design citizen-led, creative visions of what it means to live ethically and well with Emotional AI in cities. Ultimately, it aims to feed all the research insights, including citizens’ views, back to the diverse stakeholders shaping usage of Emotional AI in cities.

A lasting legacy of the grant will be a think tank to provide impartial ethical advice to governments, industry, educators and other stakeholders on Emotional AI and cross-cultural factors.

This project is joint funded by UK and Japan research councils as part of the UKRI-JST Joint Call on Artificial Intelligence and Society. It runs from 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2022. Its Full Economic Cost value is approx. £710,000  (comprising £497,710 from UKRI’s Economic and Social Research Council and 29,645,000 Yen from Japan Science & Technology funds)
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/22

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