The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Government and Official Decision-Making

A research project led by Dr John Zerilli and funded by the Leverhulme Trust

This Leverhulme-funded research project aims to provide an in-depth examination of the legal, philosophical and cognitive dimensions of the delegation of statutory discretion to algorithms. Its objectives are to (1) examine the impact of algorithms in the public sector, (2) analyse the legality of their adoption by government, and (3) elaborate a framework for how to manage the dangers of automation bias and complacency in the delivery of public services in the UK. The project is led by Dr John Zerilli.

Research Themes - Dr Zerilli's research incorporates insights from cognitive science and law in addressing a range of philosophical questions, primarily those concerned with the moral and political dimensions of the use of advanced articifical intelligence and machine learning systems. His research spans the philosophy of cognitive science, the philosophy of mind, jurisprudence and political philosophy.

John’s project builds on his co-authored work on AI, A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2021).


Cover of Zerilli et al's book Citizen's Guide to AI


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