The emergence of Artificial Intelligence has transformed our lives in many different ways from increasing efficiency and reducing human errors to improving our workflows and decision-making through deep data analysis and more. However, the transformations also come with the costs, making the development of AI both innovative and critical. One key area concerning AI is ethics which will be the topic of discussion during FARI’s Brussels Conference this coming July. 

FARI has the pleasure to welcome Maksim Karliuk, a program specialist in Social and Human Science, UNESCO based in Paris. He is also a member of a commission expert group on AI and Data in Education and Training at the European Commission. As our speaker, Maksim will deliver his expertise and insights on recommendations on the ethics of AI and what vision of AI for the Common Good does the recommendation provide.

The impact and power AI has on our individual lives, environment, and society are inevitable and it is now or never to bring these critical perspectives into consideration for the common goods.  UNESCO has published a recent report this year about Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, calling for all member states to put in place effective measures including policy frameworks for mechanisms, and to encourage all stakeholders including private sector companies, academic and research institutions, and civil society to develop human rights, rule of law, democracy, and ethical impact assessment and due diligence tools in line with guidance including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The main purpose of the recommendations is to emphasize the need for a human-centered AI that serves the interest of people and not the other way around and to ensure these emerging technologies benefit humanity as a whole.

The recommendations consist of eleven policy areas including ethical impact assessment, ethical governance and stewardship, data policy, development and international cooperation, environment and ecosystems, gender, culture, education and research, communication and information, economy and labor, and health and social well-being. There will be an in-depth discussion on what the recommendations entail and what are the next steps from here to ensure ethical and human-centered AI. 

Come and join us in this important discussion at the FARI’s Brussels Conference.

Writer: Sockheng Thai, FARI Student Collaborator

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