On Tuesday 31 October, Trilateral Research’s upcoming involvement in the responsible generative AI project, RAISE, was recognised by Responsible AI UK as part of their AI Safety Summit announcements.
RAISE will build on insights developed across several ethical AI projects, notably the EU-funded projects SHERPA and SIENNA, and will provide actionable guidance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and in Africa on how generative AI systems can be developed and used responsibly. Led by the University of Nottingham, the project will harness Trilateral’s expertise in co-designed, socially responsible AI, helping organisations understand the ethical, social and legal context of generative AI. This will ensure that the resulting products are environmentally sustainable, socially desirable and ethically acceptable.
While large corporations can afford the resources to find suitable solutions, SMEs do not have this luxury. The successful adoption of generative AI requires guidance on how their relevant AI ecosystems can be rendered responsible and trustworthy.
The pace of development and the massive investments being made in AI by the largest organisations is creating not only competitive pressure on SMEs, but also pressure to ensure that the use of AI does no harm, and in fact, becomes a force for good. Trilateral’s experience in developing Ethical AI enables us to provide the good practices, frameworks, and practical steps to ensure that AI tools are developed with safety, trustworthiness and responsibility in mind while supporting the unique pressures on small-to-medium sized businesses. We are particularly excited to take on these efforts with respect to Africa, where we will see first-hand the differences in impacts of AI within a different cultural context.
Kush Wadhwa, CEO, Trilateral Research
Trilateral’s prior work with SMEs navigating data protection indicates that these SMEs would benefit from targeted, straightforward ‘how-to’ guidance on generative AI, translating principles into practice, transmitted through trusted intermediaries such as SME associations, sectoral bodies and chambers of commerce.
In the UK, Trilateral will serve as a testbed for the project’s interventions, testing them in practice with a software development team in a commercial context. Trilateral is an SME itself, offering responsible AI products and compliance services, and actively exploring the integration of generative AI in its commercial services, notably in data protection.
In Africa, the project will focus on the culturally and economically diverse regions of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The socio-economic and cultural contexts differ greatly between Africa and the UK. This difference will allow the development of a strong understanding of the factors driving AI ecosystems. It will also inform insight into the degree and limitations of transferring guidance between different ecosystems.
Trilateral Research is active across the UK and internationally, providing expert insight and recommendations on the responsible development and use of artificial intelligence. You can find out more about this work here.