Ethical Guides For AI Proposed By EU

By on April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019

The EU has announced proposed ethical guidelines for the alternative intelligence industry. They were developed by representatives of Google and IBM among others. That prodded skeptics to conjecture about foxes in the hen house, but academics, digital rights activists and trade bodies had a hand in the process as well, which allayed some fears. The EU’s executive body is of the opinion that ethics will be a competitive advantage in the booming artificial intelligence industry, but there are skeptics about that too. The guidelines call for A.I. systems to support people’s rights to retain control over their own data, algorithms that are secure and reliable, transparent decision-making by any AI system and some person or human agency that is accountable for those decisions, and a pledge that AI “be used to enhance positive social change and enhance sustainability and ecological responsibility.” The U.S.-based Center for Data Innovation, an affiliate of a U.S. tech-industry lobbying group, called the approach “a welcome alternative to the EU’s typical ‘regulate first, ask questions later’ approach to new technology,” but called the whole ethics thing a losing proposition, suggesting instead that dominance lies in value and accuracy. They called the “hyper-focus” on ethics a form of pessimism.
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