Emerging technology for economic competitiveness or societal challenges? Framing purpose in Artificial Intelligence policy

Date

2022-09-19

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Springer Nature

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Article

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Yes

Abstract

This study examines the policy discussions surrounding the purpose of the development and use of an emerging technology. It applies the two stylized technology policy frames of economic growth and societal challenges to analyse framing of one of the key emerging technologies today—Artificial Intelligence (AI). It demonstrates that recent AI policy documents include both—economic growth as well as societal challenges—frames. While AI is a novel technology, its recent policy builds on traditional ideas about the role of technology in facilitating economic growth and competitiveness supported by well-known measures such as investment in research and highly skilled workforce. Additionally, AI policy draws on more recent frame on the contribution of technology to addressing societal challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals but presents AI as a technological solution to complex societal issues. While some interest in addressing both economic and social objectives in AI policy can be observed, the policy documents remain silent about their compatibility.

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open access article

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Artificial Intelligence, Public Policy, Technology, Framing, Societal Challenges, Sustainable Development Goals, Economic competitiveness

Citation

Ulnicane, I. (2022) Emerging technology for economic competitiveness or societal challenges? Framing purpose in Artificial Intelligence policy. Global Public Policy and Governance, 2, pp. 326-345

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Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)