The Ada Lovelace Institute

The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) is an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.

Ada has been established by the Nuffield Foundation with a £5 million commitment, and with the support of founding partners: The Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Trust, Luminate, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Ada will promote informed public understanding of the impact of AI and data-driven technologies on different groups in society. It will guide ethical practice in the development and deployment of these technologies, and will undertake research and long-term thinking to lay the foundations for a data-driven society with well-being at its core.

Ada has three core aims:

  • Build evidence and foster rigorous research and debate on how data and AI affect people and society.
  • Convene diverse voices to create a shared understanding of the ethical issues arising from data and AI.
  • Define and inform good practice in the design and deployment of data and AI.

In undertaking its work, Ada will:

  • Be outward-facing and collaborative, acting independently of vested interests, and transparent about relationships and funding.
  • Be at the forefront of developing change needed to improve people’s lives, through a focus on: rights-based approaches; establishing norms; influencing professional practice; technological innovation; regulation and the law; and public dialogue.
  • Recognise the potential value of data, algorithms, and AI for individual and social well-being, taking account of human capacity to adapt and respond to new technological challenges.
  • Combine reflective deliberation and rigorous research with the need to respond to a rapidly evolving social, technological and economic context.
  • Work with other organisations to situate its work in a global context.

The Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute is Sir Alan Wilson