Europe Thinks Ethics Is the Key to Winning the A.I. Race. Not Everyone Is Convinced
The European Commission (EC), which is the executive branch of the European Union (EU), is launching a pilot of ethical guidelines for the development of artificial intelligence (AI). The guidelines were developed by a diverse team of AI experts including some from the private sector and the academic sector. The guidelines aim to protect people’s rights and ensure the security of algorithms.
According to the EC, the guidelines may help to establish Europe as “a leader of human-centric AI that people can trust. However, some experts are skeptical about this. For instance, while Eline Chivot of the US-based Center for Data Innovation (CDI) welcomes the EC initiative, she thinks that “[t]he belief that the EU’s path to global AI dominance lies in beating the competition on ethics rather than on value and accuracy is a losing strategy.” Currently the EU is lagging behind the US and China in the AI race.
The ethics discussion surrounding AI is very important in the context of security and the outcomes are bound to have a great impact on how AI technology will shape our future.