We are an interdisciplinary lab in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology, exploring how to make the relationship between AI and society work better.
Embedding AI in society presents a complex mix of technical and social challenges, not the least of which is: as more decisions are delegated to AI systems that we cannot fully verify, understand, or control, when do people trust them?
Our approach is to work towards empowering people to make good trust decisions about intelligent machines of different sorts, in different contexts. How can we conceive of and build intelligent machines that people find worthy of trust, and that are transparent about why?
Our work draws on extensive experience in leading AI adoption projects in commercial and non-profit organizations across several sectors, as well as faculty research expertise in artificial intelligence, artificial life, trust, and computational self-awareness. A major aim is to tackle the challenge of building reflective AI, artificial intelligence with the self-awareness to enhance and expose its trustworthiness to people.
Director of Ontario Tech’s Trustworthy AI Lab, Canada Research Chair in Trustworthy AI Dr. Peter Lewis, wrote an invited op-ed for Canadian political newspaper, The Hill Times. The piece discussed whether AI research is hitting a plateau (in Canada, and more generally). If you don’t have a subscription to be able to read the original, there is a free, slightly longer form version that can be read on Pete’s blog.