AI and Autonomous and Intelligent systems (A/IS) are specifically designed to reduce the necessity for human intervention in our day-to-day lives. In so doing, these new systems have raised concerns about their impact on individuals and societies. Likewise, they have raised many questions, including how do we ensure that these technologies and systems are developed in an ethical and sustainable way and operate in ways that are beneficial to people and the environment without losing site of people’s values and well-being.
AI and A/IS are driving powerful new applications in dozens of industries and sectors with many benefits for society. But we need to keep top of mind that the decisions, recommendations and results of AI and A/IS have hidden bias, missing demographics, accumulated inaccuracies in datasets and more that can guide these new technologies in the wrong directions and the applications can cause harm their creators never intended. A foundational component to addressing this and to realizing sustainable economic and societal benefits of these technologies, as well as the efficiencies and innovation they bring, is ethically aligned design.
A foundational component to addressing this and to realizing sustainable economic and societal benefits of these technologies, as well as the efficiencies and innovation they bring, is ethically aligned design. Further, ethically aligned design principles and practices need support via policy and legal frameworks and practical tools and programs for industry, such as global standards and conformity and certification programs.
Set in the context of the recently released Ethically Aligned Design, First Edition: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, produced by the open global community of the IEEE Global Initiative on Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, this interactive workshop will include distinguished guests from the Estonian government and industry where they will provide an overview of the AI ecosystem in Estonia and address Ethics and Trust—providing perspectives from a local level that can be applicable globally. The workshop will also have roundtable discussions on the following topics.
- A/IS for Sustainable Development: How autonomous and intelligent systems can significantly alter institutions and institutional relationships toward more human-centric structures, and how they can address humanitarian and sustainable development issues resulting in increased individual societal and environmental well-being.
- Personal Data Rights and Agency Over Digital Identity: How people can have the right to access, share, and benefit from their data and the insights it provides through mechanisms to help create and curate the terms and conditions regarding access to their identity and personal data, and to control its safe, specific, and finite exchange.
- Legal Frameworks for Accountability: How the issue of the legal status of complex autonomous and intelligent systems intertwines with broader legal questions regarding how to ensure accountability and allocate liability when such systems cause harm.
- Policies for Education and Awareness: How effective policy can address the protection and promotion of human rights, safety, privacy, and cybersecurity, as well as the public understanding of the potential impact of autonomous and intelligent technical systems on society and how policies can best serve the public interests.