With the continued rapid growth of both technological innovations and the market power of the companies spurring these innovations, calls for greater regulation and enforcement of companies in the technology sector are only growing louder. However, the same question continues to be asked – “how can governments regulate businesses they don’t fully understand?”Continue Reading Only Sheriff in Town? Not so fast: National Association of Attorneys General announces the formation of the Center on Cyber and Technology.
On 18 December 2018, the European Commission published draft ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI. The guidelines are voluntary and constitute a working document to be updated over time. The guidelines have been opened up to a stakeholder consultation process.
The guidelines recognise that there are benefits to be gained from AI, but that humankind can only reap the benefits if we can trust the technology (in other words, that the technology contains trustworthy AI). An overarching principle in the guidelines is that AI should be human-centric, with the aim of increasing human well-being.
Trustworthy AI is defined as having two components:
- respect for fundamental rights, ethical principles and societal values – an “ethical purpose”, and
- be technically robust and reliable.
The guidelines set out a framework for implementing and operating trustworthy AI, aimed at stakeholders who develop, deploy or use AI.Continue Reading Draft ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence published by the European Commission
Last month, the European Commission (Commission) announced plans to bolster the future of artificial intelligence (AI) across the bloc. In a paper on ‘Artificial Intelligence for Europe’, the Commission proposed a three-pronged approach to: (i) increase public and private investment in AI; (ii) prepare for socio-economic changes; and (iii) ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework for AI. This blog will look at what AI is and the Commission’s proposed strategy.
What is AI?
The Commission defines AI as “systems that display intelligent behaviour by analysing their environment and taking actions – with some degree of autonomy – to achieve specific goals”. AI can be software-based, in the virtual world (such as image-analysis software, search engines or recognition systems) or embedded in hardware (for example, self-driving cars, Internet of Things applications, and advanced robots).
AI is increasingly prominent in our society and used on a near daily basis by most people. Many AI technologies utilize data to improve their performance and guide automated decision-making. The number of technological and commercial AI applications continues to increase, enabling AI to have a transformative effect on society as a whole.Continue Reading European Commission outlines plans to boost artificial intelligence