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Singapore: UNESCO members adopt a global agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence

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On 25 November 2021, the United Nations (UN) announced that all 193 member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), including Singapore, adopted a first-of-its-kind global agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI). The agreement focuses on the broader ethical implications of AI systems in relation to education, science, culture, communication and information; and articulates common values and principles to assist in the creation of legal infrastructure for the healthy development of AI. The rise of AI is well documented. AI is present in everyday life, where UNESCO has recognized that AI supports the decision-making of governments and the private sector; and helps to combat global problems such as climate change and world hunger. As AI becomes increasingly used and relied upon, it is likely that further standards and regulations will emerge as governments and agencies begin to pay more attention to the development of AI.


UNESCO completes major progress on establishing foundation of ethics for AI

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UNESCOs Member States have announced there has been'major progress' in the development of a global normative instrument for the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI). In November 2019, the United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres congratulated the organisation for taking up this challenge, declaring that AI is a critical frontier issue for the whole UN system and the whole world. In March this year, UNESCO asked 24 experts with multidisciplinary experience in the ethics of artificial intelligence to develop a draft recommendation on the ethics of AI. UNESCO then launched a wide process of consultations to obtain the many points of view of stakeholders. This involved experts from 155 countries, members of the public (through a global online survey), United Nations agencies, major stakeholders from the sector such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, and the world of academe with the University of Stanford and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


UNESCO Defends Artificial Intelligence at the Service of Humankind

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Paris, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Participants in a conference held at the UNESCO headquarters defended a governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) focused on the human element, according to a communiqué from the UN agency. 'The challenges posed by artificial intelligence are not technological, they concern our own humanity; they are scientific, political, philosophical and ethical dilemmas,' UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay said at a meeting held this week. According to the French politician, 'it is time to define the ethical principles to frame that technical disruption and assure that artificial intelligence will be at the service of collective interests and will be based on humanistic values.' When referring to the work by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in terms of AI, Azoulay noted that they will work on the basis of the first report by the World Ethics and Scientific Ethics Commission, which is'devoted to artificial intelligence and will undoubtedly provide major scientific support for reflection and initiatives by the member States'. For his part, the secretary general of the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OCED), Angel Gurria, noted the need to cooperate so that AI can be a vector of integrating and sustainable growth.


What are ethics in artificial intelligence? - Blog post

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Artificial intelligence is probably the greatest transformative technology of our generation. Experts predict that the value of the AI market will reach over $266 billion by 2027, representing an 880% increase compared to 2019. As exciting as AI innovation might be from a practical viewpoint, there are also some issues to consider when it comes to ethics in AI. AI is a technology that aims to enhance and unlock human potential. It is here to augment or replicate problem-solving and decision-making capabilities that require a certain level of "human intelligence".


Responsible AI Programs To Follow And Implement-- Breakout Year 2021

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Responsible usage of AI is growing extensively since 2017 and 2021 will see expansion fully into the operationalization of AI ethical principles, frameworks, and policies. Operationalization defined as taking principles into useful practice and thus requiring prioritization for businesses. The challenge is focusing on the top initiatives which I will identify in this article. In my pro bono contributions across 100 global programs with non-profits, I am seeing businesses are still challenged in moving from proof-of-concept responsible AI applications, within one business unit, to scaling across the enterprise. With more than 300 AI principles, frameworks, policy, and regulatory initiatives--businesses must keep current of the top contenders as AI usage grows.