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Can we trust robots to make ethical decisions?


Once the preserve of science-fiction movies, artificial intelligence is one of the hottest areas of research right now. While the idea behind AI is to make our lives easier, there is concern that as the technology becomes more advanced, we may be heading for disaster. How can we be sure, for instance, that artificially intelligent robots will make ethical choices? There are plenty of instances of artificial intelligence gone wrong. The case of the rude and racist chatbot** Chatbot Tay, Microsoft's AI millennial chatbot, was meant to be a friendly chatbot that would sound like a teenage girl and engage in light conversation with her followers on Twitter.

Reimagining Regulation for the Age of AI


How should government and society come together to address the challenge of regulating artificial intelligence? What approaches and tools will promote innovation, protect society from harm and build public trust in AI? Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Algorithms are already being applied to improve predictions, optimize systems and drive productivity in many other sectors. However, early experience shows that AI can create serious challenges. Without proper oversight, AI may replicate or even exacerbate human bias and discrimination, cause potential job displacement, and lead to other unintended and harmful consequences.

BBVA helps World Economic Forum design new global AI toolkit for business


The toolkit, which is free to access, is aimed at business leaders to help companies make informed decisions about AI solutions that protect the customer and shareholders alike. Artificial intelligence and big data, are proven contributors of innovation to the financial system. The digital explosion and technological advances have caused a revolution in society and in the corporate organization. As explained by Jorge Sicilia, Chief Economist of BBVA Group and director of BBVA Research, the financial sector is no stranger to these changes and the next wave of innovation is going to be based on artificial intelligence. With the global spend on AI expected to hit $52 billion in the next three years, according to the WEF report, and to double the annual growth rates of major economies in the next 15 years, the kit is also aimed at ensuring business can benefit from machine learning in the best way.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence – Journey of Analytics


Lately I've been exploring deep learning algorithms, and automating system with Artificial Intelligence. Plus, I received a couple of emails asking me about programming skills for AI. So, with those questions in mind, here is a simple introduction to artificial intelligence. AI or artificial intelligence is the process of using software to perform human tasks. It is considered to be a branch of machine learning, and sophisticated algorithms are used to do everything from automating repetitive tasks to creating self-learning sentient systems.

Unlocking Public Sector Artificial Intelligence


Guidelines for the responsible and effective procurement of artificial intelligence by governments to better meet the needs of citizens and enhance public servicesThe challenge Artificial intelligence (AI) holds the potential to vastly improve government operations and help meet the needs of citizens in new ways, ranging from traffic management to healthcare delivery to processing tax forms. But most public institutions have not yet adopted this powerful technology. While public sector officials are increasingly aware of the transformational impact of data and AI-powered solutions, the data needed for AI solutions to be developed and deployed is often neither accessible nor discoverable. Public sector officials may also lack the appropriate knowledge and expertise to make strategic buying decisions for AI-powered tools. Uncertainty about ethical considerations adds further layers of complexity. As a result, officials tend to delay buying decisions, or reduce perceived risk by concentrating their purchasing on a few known suppliers. The opportunity The World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought together a multistakeholder community to co-design the AI Procurement in a Box toolkit guide for governments to rethink their public procurement processes:  IntroductionGuidelines for AI procurement, presenting the general considerations to be taken when government is procuring AI-powered solutionsWorkbook for policy and procurement officials guiding them through the guidelines ChallengesPilot case studiesThis guidance aims to empower government officials to more confidently make responsible AI purchasing decisions. The tools also improve the experience for AI solutions providers by supporting the creation of transparent and innovative public procurement processes that meet their needs. Impact By co-designing these guidelines with governments, small and large businesses, civil society and academia, the intended impact is the responsible deployment of AI solutions for the public benefit of constituents. Leveraging the significant purchasing power of government in the market, the private-sector adoption of the guidelines can permeate the industry beyond the adoption by public sector organizations. Embedding the principles advocated for in the guidelines into administrative processes will also expand opportunities for new entrants and create a more competitive environment for the ethical development of AI. Further, as industry debates its own standards on these technologies, the government’s influence can help set a baseline for the harmonization of standards-setting. Project accomplishments  March–September 2019: Policy development – the World Economic Forum worked with fellows from the public and private sectors, and a multistakeholder group that also included academia and civil society organizations, to create action-orientated guidelines for government procurement of AI. October–March 2020: Pilot and Iteration – the project team validated guidelines through feedback sessions and a pilot project with the United Kingdom government, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the Government of Bahrain. June 2020: Publication of the AI Procurement in a Box guide that will allow governments to effectively learn and adopt the best practices developed.Contact information For more information, contact Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum, at