An advisory panel will be set up to expedite the review of the national defense buildup guidelines toward the year-end deadline, according to a source. The National Defense Program Guidelines establish the defense capability objectives that Japan should achieve over the next decade. The panel, which will include defense experts and academics, will discuss strengthening Japan's defense capabilities in space, cyberspace and electronic warfare, the source said. The Defense Ministry aims to compile a revised version of the National Defense Program Guidelines based on the panel's discussions and get the Cabinet to sign off on it by the end of this year. The panel's first meeting might be held Wednesday.
I welcome the Communications made by the Commission on the 25th of April 2018 and on the 7th of December 2018. In my opinion, a proposal of hard law would have been more efficient to send the message the EU is practically creating a common legislative framework on AI and to prevent from a fragmentation of the market. Such legislative proposal could have ensured the defense of European values. The goal of a Trustworthy AI through ethical purpose and technical robustness requirements promoted by this working document is a good thing. However, I would like to do some comments.
The internet age made big promises to us: a new period of hope and opportunity, connection and empathy, expression and democracy. Yet the digital medium has aged badly because we allowed it to grow chaotically and carelessly, lowering our guard against the deterioration and pollution of our infosphere. We sought only what we wanted – entertainment, cheaper goods, free news and gossip – and not the deeper understanding, dialogue or education that would have served us better. The appetite for populism is not a new problem. In the ferocious newspaper battles of 1890s New York, the emerging sensational style of journalism in Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal was dubbed "yellow journalism" by those concerned with maintaining standards, adherence to accuracy and an informed public debate.
As made clear by our principles for Trust and Transparency, IBM has always understood that we need to lead by demonstrating responsible adoption and use of new technologies that we develop and bring to the world. That is why we are a big supporter of the EU's work to develop Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI, now nearing completion. The guidelines will cement Europe's position as a global pioneer for artificial intelligence that is developed and deployed responsibly and ethically. I have the privilege of being a member of the High Level Expert Group on AI selected by the European Commission and mandated to develop ethics, policy and investment recommendations for AI. Work is ongoing in all three areas.
Since the introduction of GDPR and the success it brought about on a global standard, the EU has set its eyes on regulating Artificial Intelligence. The aim is to build trust by establishing policies and creating AI tools which ultimately will result in exporting such policies on a global level as it did with GDPR. Such proposition would benefit the EU as it would give it a competitive advantage. An expert group was set up by the European Commission which is comprised of 52 independent experts from academia, industry and civil society. A set of Guidelines has been put forward and the pilot phase will start this summer.