AI4People – The first multi-stakeholder forum bringing together all actors interested in shaping the social impact of new applications of AI
AI4People was established in June 2017 following a meeting between Prof Luciano Floridi, Director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the University of Oxford and Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, President of Atomium-EISMD, that took place during the Atomium’s Next Generation Internet Summit.
In February 2018 AI4People was launched at the European Parliament, as first multi-stakeholder forum bringing together all actors interested in shaping the social impact of new applications of AI, including the European Parliament, civil society organisations, industry and the media. Six months later the European Commission established the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence AI, in which many scientific members of AI4People were engaged.
With a three year roadmap, the goal of AI4People is to create a common public space for laying out the founding principles, policies and practices on which to build a “good AI society”.
In November 2018, on behalf of AI4People and its partners, Prof. Luciano Floridi presented at the European Parliament the “AI4People’s Ethical Framework for a Good AI Society: Opportunities, Risks, Principles, and Recommendations”, result of AI4People’s first year of activity. This important result served as inspiration to the European Commission and guided the identification of the 7 Key Requirements for a Trustworthy AI presented by the Commission in April 2019.
In 2019, the AI4People’s scientific activities have focused on the “Report on Good AI Governance: 14 Priority Actions, a S.M.A.R.T. Model of Governance, and a Regulatory Toolbox“, presented at the European Parliament on November 6th.
In 2020, the joint work of the 7 new AI4People committees led to AI4People’s 7 AI Global Frameworks, presented to the European Parliament on December 1, 2020.
The 2020 Committees
In 2020, the first AI4People’s meetings took place at the European Parliament on March 11th, 12th and 13th. This was the first meeting in 2020 for the newly established 7 AI4People Committees:
In 2020, AI4People and its partners call for the launch of a process that paves the way towards common, internationally recognized, industry-specific frameworks.
The 2021 activities (October 2021-October 2022)
Due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, AI4People’s next activities in 2021 will follow the October 2021-October 2022 calendar and will include the organisation of the “5 AI4People’s Conversations”. This meetings will discuss very specific topics that can be of interest to all stakeholders in order to:
– help partners to be informed or to build some understanding about specific topics not necessarily appearing on the general scene but to which members of the Commission or the Parliament will be invited to provide their perspectives;
– answer the following questions: where do we think the AI legislative process is? Where is it going? Where is the French Presidency going?
The aim of the 5 AI4People’s Conversations will be to actively contribute to the debate on how the Commission implement the AI regulation. The 5 AI4People’s conversations will be closed-door discussions and will engage members of AI4People’s Scientific Committee, businesses partners, members of the European Parliament and the European Commission. In addition to these, representatives of major international players on AI will be engaged as the GPAI, the global partnership on AI which now is joined by 19 countries, and the OECD.
The detailed program of the specific topics will be presented in August 2021.