AI ethics through design
isITethical? Exchange in collaboration with the Design School at London College of Communications, UAL , is hosting a series Design Brief Award and a Companion Program of Public Lectures and Creative Workshops Exploring the role of Arts and Design in AI ethics and AI responsible Research Innovation.
Online public lecture
Wednesday 18/01/23 – 2:00-3:00pm
AI Ethics Through Design by Dr Malé Luján Escalante – MA Service Design UAL: London College of Communication.

Wednesday 25/01/23 – 2:00-3:00pm
A Route Out Of Permacrisis? The Informational Right To The City by Prof. Monika Buscher, Sociology Department, Lancaster University.

Wednesday 01/02/23 – 4:00-5:00pm
The Westernizing Dream: Semiotics of AI and Technological Colonialism - by Dr Luke Moffat, Sociology Department, Trustworthy Autonomous Systems -Security Hub, Lancaster University.

Wednesday 08/02/23 – 2:00-3:00pm
Consumer protection in IT as well as the role of dark patterns in emerging technology - by Prof. Alexander Boden and Veronika Krauß, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.

In Person Creative Workshop
(For Students & Staff Only – Limited Places, Book place soon.)

Thursday 26/01/23 – 2:00-4:30pm Room D305
Worst, Most, Uncertainty: Exploring creative methods to uncover unspoken in AI ethics challenges - by Dr Katrina Petersen is a Research Manager at Trilateral Research

Thursday 02/02/23 – 2:00-4:30pm Room D305
Narrative Futuring: Co-creating utopian visions for our futures with AI – by Vivienne Kuh, Responsible Research Innovation at Bristol University and Bec Gee, Artist & Celebrant.

AI technologies and visions of AI promise great societal and even environmental solutions, from data management and predictive analysis, to medicine and means of production, from entertainment to modes of living in this world and out of it. AI visions are populating an image of a future in which human-made agencies are solving the wicked, human made, highly complex crises of today.

However, current AI innovations across domains involve intrusions of privacy, surveillance of people, assets, and undiscriminating exploitation of human and natural resources and environments, as well as maximizing a sense of distributed, even diluted, responsibility. Ethical issues arise from gender, political and racial biases, to discrimination and profiling, from hidden exploitative labour to hidden environmental destruction.

There is a big “ethical turn” in tech innovation. The media is following cases related to social networks, autonomous systems, facial recognition, bio cams and sensors, health apps, track and trace, and algorithmic political manipulation. Responsible Research and Innovation and Ethical Frameworks for AI have many disciplines busy, from Computer Sciences to Social Sciences, there are international digital lawyers and human rights activists, philosophers and anthropologists, policy makers and tech CEO’s struggling to address AI ethical tensions proactively.

Ethics are hard to understand, ethical conversations are complex and slow to engage with, ethical frameworks are perceived as obstacles to innovation, tick-box administrative paperwork, a challenge to bypass.

The collaborative unit brief invites thinking about how designerly and creative methods can be applied to an ethics that is accessible, cares about context, that is participatory and creative. Arts & Design has had a huge role in imagining, designing, and developing AI technologies. This brief is not about the technical solutions, it is about the role of Arts & Design in supporting human and more-than-human centered, ethical and responsible innovation of AI.

To complement the Brief, we have curated a public online program of lectures and creative workshops. Attending the public program is not a requirement for submission, but it will help to situate your work within the design discussions. Details of the program will be publish soon.
Design Awards Brief
To create a 3.5-minute video showcasing your proposal: how are you applying art, design and/or creative methods to support / call / speculate / facilitate responsibility in AI tech innovation?

Video can take any format. You might showcase your concept through a presentation, or a story, or a prototype (physical and/or digital), or images or something else

If you are a PGT Design Student at LCC, You can submit your 3.5 video at Postgraduate Collaborative Research Practice Moodle

If you are external participant you can submit via email:

Send entries to Malé Luján Escalante:

Please send the video file via WeTransfer; with subject line ‘AI ETHICS THROUGH DESIGN SUBMISSION’.

Together with:

· Your name(s) and course.

· An image of the project (that can be used as a web thumbnail)

· A 150 words (max) project blurb (for web)

Submissions from the concept phase will be judged by a panel of experts and industry leaders, and winners will be selected. Each winning team will exhibit in a showcase prepared in collaboration with our external partners in Summer 2023. Follow Moodle for more details.