The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems
The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (“The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative”) was officially launched in April 2016 as a program of the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. To fully benefit from the potential of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (AI/AS), we need to go beyond the search for more computational power or solving capabilities, and beyond seeking for exponential growth in developing their applications.
The mission of The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative is to ensure every stakeholder involved in the design and development of autonomous and intelligent systems is educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical considerations so that these technologies are advanced for the benefit of humanity.
The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative provides the opportunity to bring together multiple voices in the Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems communities to identify and find consensus the ethical, legal and social issues related to these systems. It has currently mobiled over 250 active members from around the world and contributes to a broader effort being launched at IEEE to foster open, broad and inclusive conversation about ethics in technology, known as the IEEE TechEthics™ program.
In December 2016, The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative produced Version 1 of Ethically Aligned Design a document identifying issues and providing recommendations in key areas pertaining to AI/AS including Embedding Values Into AI/AS, Methodologies to Guide Ethical Research and Design, Safety and Beneficence of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and Artificial Superintelligence (ASI), Personal Data and Individual Access Control, Rethinking Autonomous Weapons Systems, Economics/Humanitarian Issues, and Law. Version 2 of Ethically Aligned Design featuring five new committees will be released by the end of 2017.
The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative was also the inspiration for 11 standards working groups of the IEEE Standards Association such as IEEE P7000: Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design, IEEE P7001: Transparency of Autonomous Systems, and IEEE P7010 : Wellbeing Metrics Standard for Ethical Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.
By aligning the creation of AI/AS with human values and society, we can prioritize the increase of human wellbeing as our metric for progress in the algorithmic age.
IEEE Fellow, is Professor of Robotics and Ethics at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, and director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR). He is also director of the SMART Laboratory of Excellence on Human-Machine Interactions. He contributed in several areas of Artificial Intelligence and autonomous and interactive Robotics along his career. His research interests currently focus on human-robot interaction and robot learning.
He was President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the term 2014-2015. He is member of the Commission on the Ethics of Research on Digital Science and Technology (CERNA) in France and he is chair of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.