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EU publishes ethical guidelines for AI

Could shape future EU legislation

The European Union (EU) has published a set of ethical guidelines for artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

The EU convened a group of 52 experts who wrote seven requirements for AI:

  • Human agency and oversight — AI should not trample on human autonomy
  • Technical robustness and safety — AI should be secure and accurate
  • Privacy and data governance — Personal data collected by AI systems should be secure and private
  • Transparency — Data and algorithms used to create an AI system should be accessible
  • Diversity, non-discrimination and fairness — Services provided by AI should be available to all, regardless of age, gender, race and so on
  • Environmental and societal well-being — AI systems should be ecologically responsible
  • Accountability — AI systems should be auditable and covered by existing protections for corporate whistleblowers

While not legally binding, the guidelines could shape future EU legislation.

The EU also published a ‘Trustworthy AI assessment list’, designed to help experts find any potential weak spots or dangers in AI software. A final report is expected in 2020.