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An extraordinary wave of new advances in AI is now underway - the crucial question is how to maximise benefits for the public and avoid the biggest risks.

From recommendation engines to speech recognition, predictive tools in health to driverless cars, IBM Watson and Google DeepMind to hundreds of start ups. A crucial question is how to maximise the benefits of AI for the public and avoid the biggest risks.

There are strong institutions focused on developing the technology, but very few are attending to the human, social and public dimensions of AI in a serious way. This is where Nesta is most heavily involved, bringing together investment, research, convening and programmes, and using AI as a tool for research.