Prof Vincent Wade outlines the challenge of building a balanced digital society by 2030, addressing some of the issues arising with emerging technologies driven by artificial intelligence.

As director of the Science Foundation Ireland-supported Adapt centre for digital media research, Prof Vincent Wade is at the forefront of AI research in Ireland, and he sees both the good and bad sides of its present potential.

Among the key issues he notes are control, inclusion and accountability. “It doesn’t matter what sector of industry you’re from – ICT, localisation, digital media, fintech, e-health, agri-food – they all are struggling with these,” he recently told the Future Human audience.

However, aiming to deliver research that could shape a balanced digital society by 2030, Wade said that teams from Adapt are “looking at how we can actually do more AI with less data”.


Words by Elaine Burke