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IEEE Solicits Global Input on Recently Introduced Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

Kicking off in India, "OurAIVision" Campaign Aims to Garner Extensive Feedback to Specific Issues Related to Ethically Aligned Design

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY, USA, 16 March 2017IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the "OurAIVision" Campaign in conjunction with the recently introduced paper, Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (AI/AS). Launched by The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, Ethically Aligned Design is a first version of a global document encouraging technologists to prioritize ethical considerations in the creation of autonomous and intelligent technologies.

The first leg of the "OurAIVision" Campaign Tour was held in Mumbai, India, where representatives from The IEEE Global Initiative received direct feedback about Ethically Aligned Design from AI experts, engineers, and technologists. The tour's next stop in Tokyo, Japan in March will collect further input to Version 2 of Ethically Aligned Design. Interested parties can support the global campaign activities using Twitter hashtag #OurAIVision.

Ethically Aligned Design was created by over one hundred global thought leaders and experts in artificial intelligence, ethics, and related issues," says Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA). Our recent trip to Mumbai was very successful, with dozens of AI and other experts providing professional and cultural insights to our Vision to make it as pragmatically relevant as possible. While IEEE was the catalyst for this work, the "OurAIVision" campaign establishes a collaborative environment for prioritizing ethical considerations as we work to increase human wellbeing via AI/AS."

Anyone wishing to participate in the "OurAIVision" Campaign can do the following:

  1. Visit the website of The IEEE Global initiative.
  2. Read any section of Ethically Aligned Design via the links on the site. Sections include:
  1. Submit feedback by 15 May 2017 via the campaign submission guidelines.
  2. Copy and paste the tweet below:

I shared my ideas for #OurAIVision to help prioritize Human Wellbeing for #AI. What's your vision? #IEEEAIEthics

"There is a lot of discussion about Ethics and Artificial Intelligence, but very little concrete recommendations for technologists who may not be trained in these areas. This is what our document provides" says Raja Chatila, chair of the Executive Committee for The IEEE Global Initiative. "This holds true for people who are not involved in creating the technology, but understand AI and AS will greatly affect their lives and who desire an outlet to express their ideas. The #OurAIVision campaign was created to highlight specific Issues anyone can comment on to make sure their voices are heard."

For more information, or to become an Initiative member, please visit The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems website or contact John C. Havens, executive director of the IEEE Global Initiative.

The IEEE Global Initiative and Ethically Aligned Design contribute 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.

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