Artificial intelligence as well as autonomous machines are slowly but surely making its way into our everyday lives. Soon we may find ourselves interacting with them just like it’s a normal day-to-day occurrence. With this in mind, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently published the second draft of their guide to ‘Ethically Aligned Design’. This document will make sure that the development of AI is carried out with proper care and consideration.
According to the mission statement of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems,“Our goal is that Ethically Aligned Design will provide insights and recommendations that provide a key reference for the work of technologists in the related fields of science and technology in the coming years,”
The global initiative is made up of thirteen distinct committees that bring together hundreds of technical and sociological experts from six different continents that have specialization in the academia, industry, civil society, policy, and government. Each committee focused on a certain component of development which ranges from the challenge of embedding values into autonomous intelligent systems, to the economic and humanitarian issues they may bring out.
In the first draft, eight committees were established, and another five has been added for the second version. The additional five are, There are Affective Computing, Policy, Classical Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Mixed Reality in ICT, and Well-being.
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This set of contributors was assembled, hoping to be able to give people who are working with AI and autonomous systems a wider understanding of the ethical and societal implications of their output. The same way as technical and sociological perspectives are included, efforts have been made to represent different cultures.
Many AI and autonomous systems are already being implemented in different industries, and we can expect this to become for prevalent in the next few years. This is why it’s important that we place guidelines while we are still in the early stages.
“We’re not issuing a formal code of ethics,” said Raja Chatila, chair of the initiative’s executive committee, in an interview “No hard-coded rules are really possible.”
International governments also have a part to play in regulating this new and growing technology.