A look at the EU's study on ethical guidelines for AI

(Apr 19, 2019) "The winds of regulatory oversight for artificial intelligence are blowing in the U.S. and Europe," Redtail Media's Kate Kaye writes. In recent weeks, the European Commission signed off on its Ethical Guidelines for Trustworthy AI, and in the U.S., federal lawmakers, including Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., as well as Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., proposed new legislation that would require companies to implement automated decision system and privacy impact assessments to their ... Read More

EU stresses lawfulness in new ethical AI guidelines

(Apr 19, 2019) The winds of regulatory oversight for artificial intelligence are blowing in the U.S. and Europe. The European Commission signed off on its Ethical Guidelines for Trustworthy AI earlier this month, the culmination of several months of deliberations by a select group of “high-level experts” plucked from industry, academia,  research and government circles. In the advisory realm, the EU guidance joins forthcoming draft guidance on AI from a global body, the Organization for Economic Cooperation an... Read More

Op-ed: Ethics will not be enough to tackle AI

(Apr 18, 2019) In an op-ed for Slate, Daniel Susser writes while professionals have taken an ethics-based approach to solving artificial intelligence concerns, it will not be enough to have a system that reflects human values, such as privacy and autonomy. Susser points to the European Commission's draft ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI and Microsoft's "AI Principles" as a couple of the positive steps but does not see such advisories creating change on their own. "Lists of 'ethical principles' are intentio... Read More

Google ends review on AI health care

(Apr 15, 2019) Due to continued disagreements, Google is dissolving its U.K.-based review panel that was exploring the use of artificial intelligence in health care, The Wall Street Journal reports. In addition to doubts about effectiveness, those familiar with the matter noted disagreements between panel members and researchers from DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence research company in the U.K., including the access of information about research and products, and DeepMind's independence from Google, ... Read More

EU tests AI draft ethics rules

(Apr 9, 2019) TechCrunch reports the European Commission has launched a project to test ethical guidelines on the creation and use of artificial intelligence technology. The commission's High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, which released the guidelines in December, seeks to ensure the rules can be implemented in practice and will do so by testing them with a wide range of stakeholders, including international organizations and companies from outside the commission. The pilot will end in 2020, ... Read More

How should a US privacy law address AI?

(Apr 2, 2019) Looking at the issues raised by artificial intelligence and machine learning, The Brookings Institution examines whether future privacy legislation should regulate artificial intelligence research, if it should address bias in AI, and if it should contain a requirement for explainability. With predictive analytics becoming finely tuned, Georgetown University's Mark MacCarthy writes that the ethical questions raised by AI need to be urgently addressed but notes, “AI is heavily context-dependent, ... Read More

Book review: 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power'

(Mar 26, 2019) Shoshana Zuboff’s book on privacy runs to nearly 700 pages, comprising more than 500 pages of text and nearly 200 pages of apparatus. But you shouldn’t be put off by the length — the book is no longer than it needs to be to meet its ambitions. It proposes not only to document the latest turns in the struggle against the wanton collection of personal data, but also to place these acquisitive practices within the larger history of technological advancement in the past century and an even larger hi... Read More

EU High-Level Expert Group to recommend ethical use of AI

(Mar 20, 2019) As the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence is expected to release the final version of its non-binding guidelines for the ethical use of AI, Politico reports that the EU will take a different approach to its competitors and focus on becoming a leader in providing “trustworthy” AI. “Ethics and competitiveness are intertwined, they’re dovetailed,” Pekka Ala-Pietilä, chair of the 52-member group, explained. “We need to create an environment where the use of AI i... Read More

US House lawmakers introduce resolution on AI ethics

(Mar 19, 2019) There are few signs pointing to U.S. regulation for artificial intelligence happening anytime soon. But two Congressional Democrats representing Silicon Valley and Detroit want ethical guidelines for AI, and they proposed a House resolution to get the ball rolling. Their ideas, which aim for AI system accountability and oversight, personal data privacy and AI safety, were endorsed by several large tech companies developing AI, including Facebook and IBM. Redtail Media's Kate Kaye looks at the Ho... Read More

Lawmakers introduce House resolution on ethical AI

(Mar 19, 2019) There are few signs pointing to U.S. regulation for artificial intelligence happening anytime soon. But two Congressional Democrats representing Silicon Valley and Detroit want ethical guidelines for AI, and they proposed a House resolution to get the ball rolling. Their ideas, which aim for AI system accountability and oversight, personal data privacy and AI safety, were endorsed by some of the giants of tech developing AI, including Facebook and IBM. In late February, Reps. Brenda Lawrence, D... Read More