Seventy years on, the great smog reminds us why air pollution matters

It was a cold winter’s day in London, and you couldn’t see ten feet in front of your face. Cars were reduced to a crawl. Pedestrians stepped out of the road and took the lives into their hands. The city came to a standstill. And 12,000 people died.  The great smog of December 1952 is […]

Project Iron – Organised crime group mapping

At Trilateral Research we provide ethical AI solutions for tackling complex social problems in the public sector. In Project Iron, funded by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), we are conducting innovative research to develop explainable AI that can help combat organized crime (OC). The work will focus on three principal areas: graph network analysis, […]

Designing the (data)Hive: Principles-based decentralised architectures

Decentralised architectures and networks are slowly embedding themselves into the technological and societal landscape, empowered by communities of like-minded people who strive to alter the existing socio-economic order by leveraging peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies. In this article, we discuss one such initiative, Swarm, by drawing relations between its developed set of community-centred, bottom-up Fair Data Principles […]

How do leaders foster innovation?

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When thinking of ways to change what we do, knowing exactly what we are aiming for is key.  Your purpose needs to be clear, so that your team is motivated to make improvements towards that business goal, rather than simply streamlining what they already do. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it […]

Flying Emergency Class – The transport challenges of Search and Rescue drones

New technological advancements tend to be a powerful driver in establishing new or incrementally redefining traditional industries and fields. An interesting example of the latter is the fusion of conventional means and new technology in the field of Search and Rescue (SaR). Intrigued by this seamless interplay between first responders and new tech, Trilateral Research […]

E-learning and the Ethics of Robot Bullying

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When considering Ethical Artificial Intelligence we want to hold machinery to account and to protect humans from the potential harmful impact of powerful machines.  How transparent are the decisions that machines make?  Can we identify the bias that comes from selective availability of data?  Or from existing bias in the situations they are trained from? […]

Socio-economic impact assessments for enhanced decision-making

Socio-economic impact assessments (SEIAs) can help us to understand and assess how new and emerging technologies will evolve in society, their impacts on the economy and different social groups and the socio-economic uncertainties they bring. They can help put users and society in a better position to steer the development of new and emerging technologies […]

A survey of AI risk assessment methodologies

In recognition of both the increasing importance of AI in our digital society and the wide diversity of use cases, policymakers across the globe are seeking to better understand the risks that these new AI systems might pose to society. A growing consensus is emerging in favor of risk-based approaches to regulating the use of […]

A framework for regulating AI in the public sector

Technological and regulatory developments in the public sector across the globe signal a radical transition; the traditionally technologically conservative paper-based public sector is transitioning to a digitalised, tech-savvy, advanced and inter-connected system of public services, assimilating market features. Public services and infrastructure are being digitalised; artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies are being deployed […]

Poking Holes: Distributed Ambivalence and Aesthetics in Sound Networks

Amid the current pandemic (COVID-19) disembodied presence has emerged as the new norm, revealing a world increasingly entangled with the technological and conceptual paradigm of the network. In this scenario, it is crucial to reconsider core axioms of the pervasive connectionist credo, acknowledging the empty space that a network subtends, the hollowness of its lattice, […]