Essential terms and explanations for AI governance
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The field of artificial intelligence is rapidly evolving across different sectors and disparate industries, leaving business, technology and government professionals without a common lexicon and shared understanding of terms and phrases used in AI governance. Even a search to define "artificial intelligence" returns a range of definitions and examples. From the cinematic, like HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey," to the creative, like Midjourney and DALL-E generative art, to the common, like email autocorrect and mobile maps, the use cases and applications of AI continue to grow and expand into all aspects of life.
This glossary is an update to the June 2023 release of IAPP's Key Terms for AI Governance. The updated version has been developed with reference to various materials and with valuable feedback from experts on IAPP's AI Governance Center Advisory Board. It includes new terms and modifications to existing terms. To learn more about the new version, please refer to the explainer article on the Updates to the Key Terms for AI Governance.
Additional Artificial Intelligence resources
International Definitions of Artificial Intelligence
This chart provides a snapshot of some of the definitions of AI from various global and sectoral (government, civil society and industry) perspectives.
AI Governance Center
The IAPP AI Governance Center provides privacy and AI governance professionals with the content, resources, networking, training and certification needed to respond to the complex risks in the AI field.
This glossary was developed with reference to numerous materials and designed to provide succinct, but nuanced, definitions and explanations for some of the most common terms related to AI today. The explanations aim to present both policy and technical perspectives and add to the robust discourse on AI governance. Although there are some shared terms and definitions, this glossary is separate from the official IAPP Glossary of Privacy Terms.