Ethics

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recently connected with pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) expert Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China, CEO of Sinovation Ventures, and co-author of the forthcoming book “AI 2041: Ten visions for our future.” Here, Lee shares...
  • 15 September 2021
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28 April 2021 / Cybersecurity, Ethics
As artificial systems (AI) get increasingly complex, they are being used to make forecasts – or rather generate predictive model results – in more and more areas of our lives. At the same time, concerns are on the rise about...
  • 28 April 2021
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28 April 2021 / Cybersecurity, Ethics
Cybersecurity failure could be among the greatest challenges confronting the world in the next decade, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021. As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes increasingly embedded worldwide, fresh questions arise about how to safeguard countries...
  • 28 April 2021
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27 February 2021 / San Francisco Chronicle / Ethics, Inclusivity
  • 27 February 2021
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25 February 2021 / Ethics, Innovation & Creativity
n a digital world overloaded with content and short on resources, reaching and engaging new audiences has been a persistent challenge for creative industries. Some top media players have turned to artificial intelligence (AI) for a possible solution. For Kati...
  • 25 February 2021
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29 September 2020 / Ethics, Inclusivity
At some stage we should expect the machines to take control – at least, that is what Alan Turing predicted for the future of machine learning in 1951. Despite this troubling prognosis, there are reasons to be hopeful about the...
  • 29 September 2020
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6 May 2020 / Ethics, Inclusivity
Artificial intelligence (AI) has a bias problem. Actually, AI has many well-documented bias problems. Chief among these, arguably, is gender bias. From the creation of data sets, to the way the data is collected and used, to the building of...
  • 6 May 2020
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8 July 2019 / Disinformation, Ethics
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to improve people’s lives worldwide and accelerate progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, AI can also bring with it a host of unintended consequences. One of the most pernicious areas could...
  • 8 July 2019
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6 May 2019 / Disinformation, Ethics
Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) capture the narrative of a global population on a controversial topic? At the AI for Good Global Summit we aim to find out. A few months ago, IBM unveiled Project Debater to the world. It’s the first ever AI technology...
  • 6 May 2019
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24 April 2019 / Ethics, Inclusivity
Online advertising is often viewed as a kind of “necessary evil” to pay for free services such as Google and Facebook; the Faustian bargain at the heart of the “if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product”...
  • 24 April 2019
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The potential value from artificial intelligence (AI) is enormous: some $16 trillion by 2030, according to a PwC study. But what are the costs of AI when not done properly — and what are some of the risks? What does it...
  • 17 April 2019
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17 April 2019 / Cybersecurity, Ethics
Just last week, the European Union published its Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. A few weeks earlier, the first version of the IEEE initiative on Ethically Aligned Design of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems were presented. The impact of these two reports, coming from the...
  • 17 April 2019
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25 March 2019 / Cybersecurity, Ethics, Inclusivity
Some futurists fear Artificial Intelligence (AI), perhaps understandably. After all, AI appears in all kinds of menacing ways in popular culture, from the Terminator movie dynasty to homicidal HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Though these movies depict Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) gone awry, it’s...
  • 25 March 2019
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2 August 2018 / Ethics, Smart Cities
Jack Aldane spoke to Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Palo Alto to hear what it’s like to run the digital operations of the city that gave birth to Silicon Valley. You’re the CIO of a city that is really the world’s...
  • 2 August 2018
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There is incredible potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help the world achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s. But how successful these efforts will be will depend on how regulators and policymakers address questions of governance. That was one...
  • 24 July 2018
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As momentum to build new ‘AI for Good’ projects emerges from last week’s AI for Good Global Summit, experts and leaders are recognizing the need to share resources to help such projects achieve significant scale. Discussions towards ‘AI and Data Commons’...
  • 25 May 2018
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22 May 2018 / Cybersecurity, Ethics
Why is trust in artificial intelligence (AI) important? Imagine an app that could enable farmers to achieve the most efficient use of water possible, but farmers don’t use the app. It could save money and water, but they don’t use...
  • 22 May 2018
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22 May 2018 / Digital Economy, Ethics, Health
“Health and [artificial intelligence] are natural companions, a very exciting convergence. The health sector is in many countries the largest economic sector or the fastest growing,” says Marcel Salathé of the Swiss technological institute, EPFL, and co-lead of the ‘Breakthrough team’...
  • 22 May 2018
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17 May 2018 / Ethics, Inclusivity
It’s not just about whether or not artificial intelligence (AI) can do good, it’s about the sort of life you want to live and how AI can help accomplish that. That’s one of the key messages from an interview with...
  • 17 May 2018
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16 May 2018 / Ethics, Inclusivity
If humans are going to build something that’s potentially more intelligent and more powerful than themselves, knowing how to control it is of the utmost importance. These was one key message from remarks made by Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer...
  • 16 May 2018
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16 May 2018 / Ethics
What follows is an abridged version of Aimee van Wynsberghe’s talk on “ethics as a driver for innovation in robotics & AI” at the AI for Good Global Summit. Ms. van Wynsberghe is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics....
  • 16 May 2018
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15 May 2018 / Digital Economy, Ethics
“AI [Artificial Intelligence] is likely to be either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity.” This is a statement made by a hero of mine – the late, great Stephen Hawking a couple of years ago at the opening...
  • 15 May 2018
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8 December 2017 / 5G, Ethics, Smart Cities
Security and privacy by design, open APIs, network virtualization, identity and authorization, analytics and accessibility have been identified by industry leaders as core principles to guide ITU standardization work towards 2020. This was the collective view of a meeting held...
  • 8 December 2017
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13 November 2017 / Cybersecurity, Ethics
As intelligent systems increasingly make decisions that directly affect society, perhaps the most important upcoming research direction in AI is to rethink the ethical and societal implications of their actions. As intelligent, autonomous, and efficient as they will ever be,...
  • 13 November 2017
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