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Good governance as a response to discontents? Déjà vu, or lessons for AI from other emerging technologies

Ulnicane, Inga; Eke, Damian Okaibedi; Knight, William; Ogoh, George; Stahl, Bernd Carsten


Inga Ulnicane

Damian Okaibedi Eke

William Knight

George Ogoh


Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have led to intense debates about benefits and concerns associated with this powerful technology. These concerns and debates have similarities with developments in other emerging technologies characterized by prominent impacts and uncertainties. Against this background, this paper asks, What can AI governance, policy and ethics learn from other emerging technologies to address concerns and ensure that AI develops in a socially beneficial way? From recent literature on governance, policy and ethics of emerging technologies, six lessons are derived focusing on inclusive governance with balanced and transparent involvement of government, civil society and private sector; diverse roles of the state including mitigating risks, enabling public participation and mediating diverse interests; objectives of technology development prioritizing societal benefits; international collaboration supported by science diplomacy, as well as learning from computing ethics and Responsible Innovation.


Ulnicane, I., Eke, D. O., Knight, W., Ogoh, G., & Stahl, B. C. (2021). Good governance as a response to discontents? Déjà vu, or lessons for AI from other emerging technologies. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 46(1-2), 71-93.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 2, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 7, 2021
Publication Date Apr 3, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 1, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 6, 2023
Journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Print ISSN 0308-0188
Electronic ISSN 1743-2790
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 1-2
Pages 71-93
Keywords History and Philosophy of Science; Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
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