Overview: This project has been examining social and ethical aspects of emergent emotional AI in smart cities. It has involved extensive fieldwork, including interviews, surveys, policy work. I have been involved in case studies exploring how such technologies are being deployed and regulated as they are used in public spaces, in transportation and securitisation e.g. policing. The project has brought together a wide range of disciplines including technology law, HCI, digital media studies, criminology, gender studies, and bioethics.
Position: Co-Investigator (Edinburgh PI)
Funder and amount: ESRC and Japan Science and Technology Agency, AI and Society Call. ES/T00696X/1 – £710,000. (across ESRC and JST)
Length: Jan 2020 – Sept 2023.
Institutions: University of Edinburgh, Bangor University, Northumbria University, Chuo University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Meiji University.
Investigators: UK – Andy McStay (PI), Lachlan Urquhart, Vian Bakir, Diana Miranda, Lena Podoletz, Alex Laffer; Japan – Peter Mantello (PI), Hiroshi Miyashita, Hiromi Tanaka, Tung Manh Ho, Nader Ghotbi.