42 Countries Agree to International Principles for AI

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development unveiled the first intergovernmental standard for artificial intelligence policies Wednesday--and the organization's 36 member countries including America have initially signed on along with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Romania. OECD, an international forum that unites stakeholders from many nations to work together to address challenges of globalization, released "Recommendations of the Council on Artificial Intelligence" to help foster a global policy ecosystem that leverages the evolving technology's benefits, while also protecting human rights and democratic values. OECD's Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate Andrew Wyckoff told reporters that the principles' creators hope they'll help shape a stable regulatory environment that promotes the tech's positive uses, while withstanding unethical abuses. "AI is what we would call a'general purpose technology.' It's going to change the way we do things in nearly every single sector of the economy--that's part of the reason we give so much importance to its development," he said.


42 Countries Agree to International Principles for Artificial Intelligence

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development unveiled the first intergovernmental standard for artificial intelligence policies Wednesday--and the organization's 36 member countries including America have initially signed on along with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Romania. OECD, an international forum that unites stakeholders from many nations to work together to address challenges of globalization, released "Recommendations of the Council on Artificial Intelligence" to help foster a global policy ecosystem that leverages the evolving technology's benefits, while also protecting human rights and democratic values. OECD's Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate Andrew Wyckoff told reporters that the principles' creators hope they'll help shape a stable regulatory environment that promotes the tech's positive uses, while withstanding unethical abuses. "AI is what we would call a'general purpose technology.' It's going to change the way we do things in nearly every single sector of the economy--that's part of the reason we give so much importance to its development," he said.


How Governments Can Be Smart about Artificial Intelligence Internet Society

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In addition, the Internet Society was asked to send written comments, which are reprinted here. AI is not new, nor is it magic. "Intelligent" technology is already everywhere – such as spam filters or systems used by banks to monitor unusual activity and detect fraud – and it has been for some time. What is new and creating a lot of interest from governments stems from recent successes in a subfield of AI known as "machine learning," which has spurred the rapid deployment of AI into new fields and applications. It is the result of a potent mix of data availability, increased computer power and algorithmic innovation that, if well harnessed, could double economic growth rates by 2035.


A Framework for Responsible Artificial Intelligence

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We aren't alone in trying to move responsible AI from discussion to action while the technology is still in its infancy. The European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission also have independent initiatives underway. And the Montreal Declaration for Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence and various industry-led or regional ethical AI projects are also addressing the issue. These are additional resources for associations willing to use their influence to ignite broad stakeholder adoption. Through conferences and education, associations can offer safe forums for thoughtful debate and practical planning around the fundamental choices we make for responsible AI. Associations stand at a tipping point of AI disruption. Industry and government stakeholders are looking for sensible guideposts for responsible conduct. Will you help define, model, and adopt responsible AI?


Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights: A Workshop at Data & Society

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This blogpost was co-authored by Mark Latonero, PhD, Data & Society Research Lead, Data & Human Rights and Melanie Penagos, Data & Society Research Analyst, Data & Human Rights. The first blogpost in a series on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights, it summarizes a multidisciplinary workshop held at Data & Society on April 26 and 27, 2018. Multiple sectors of our global society are grappling to make sense of how AI may transform or alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another and our institutions. At the same time, "Artificial Intelligence" is a slippery and highly contextual concept -- the way a mathematician defines AI can diverge significantly from a marketing executive or a causal reader of science fiction. This tension makes discussions about norms that could shape or regulate AI systems a thoroughly contested and challenging space.