‘The European Union wants to become the world's super-regulator in AI”,The Economist tells us. This is one of many headlines proliferating everywhere these days. And it is a big deal, no doubt. I've been pointing to the need for better rules on AI in many of my keynotes for quite some time:) And now, Covid-19 has exponentially accelerated technological growth which in turn has finally increased the urgency to regulate technology.
“For now cited high risk examples fall into the following categories: Biometric identification and categorisation of natural persons; Management and operation of critical infrastructure; Education and vocational training; Employment, workers management and access to self-employment; Access to and enjoyment of essential private services and public services and benefits; Law enforcement; Migration, asylum and border control management; Administration of justice and democratic processes.”
“We need to define a set of bottom-line digital ethics—ethics that are fit for the Digital Age: open enough not to put the brakes on progress or hamper innovation, yet strong enough to protect our humanness. A compass, not a map, towards a future that will see increasingly powerful technologies first empower, then augment and then increasingly threaten humanity. To this end, I propose that we create a Global Digital Ethics Council (GDEC) tasked with defining what the ground rules and most basic and universal values of such a dramatically different, fully digitized society should be.”
This is also one of my key memes for 2021 – you can watch my new 2021 series here .