2020 Activities

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Introduction

Following a consultation with the European Commission and the European Parliament, AI4People calls for the launch of a process that paves the way towards common, internationally recognised, industry-specific frameworks for the design, production, use and governance of artificial intelligence, robotics, and ‘autonomous’ systems.

In light of this, AI4People’s program for 2020’s scientific activities – approved on October 15th – will focus on the world’s first 8 Good AI Global Frameworks. The 8 Frameworks will focus on the application of AI in 8 vertical business sectors and will stem from the principles emerged in AI4People’s first two years of activity – whilst considering the ethical principles and guidelines released by the European Commission, by China (The Bejing Principles released by the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence and the New Generation AI Governance Principles released by the National New Generation Artificial Intelligence Governance Committee), by OECD (OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence), and by the US Chamber of Commerce (Principles on Artificial Intelligence).

In 2020 AI4People will host a series of institutional meetings in Europe, China and the USA (please see point 10) to initiate an inclusive dialogue intended/designed to build a broad and global consensus on the 8 Good AI Global Frameworks, whilst involving the world’s leading institution to support and subscribe to The 8 Frameworks.

This process will result in the creation of the AI Global Mark of Compliance Initiative, a global quality certification mark – launching in 2021 – authenticating ethically sound uses of AI.

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The 8 Good AI Global Frameworks

Considering the different applications of AI in specific vertical business sectors, and in close cooperation with the Business Partners’ expertise, as well as the global institutions mentioned in point 1, the first 8 Good AI Global Frameworks will contain practical recommendations and obligations emerging from the analysis on how utilize law, standards and regulation to accommodate the new capacities, practices and behaviors enabled by AI. The activities will also analyse case studies from the AI4People’s Business Partner and consider the ethical principles and guidelines released by the European Commission, by China (The Bejing Principles released by the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence and the New Generation AI Governance Principles released by the National New Generation Artificial Intelligence Governance Committee), by OECD (OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence), and by the US Chamber of Commerce (Principles on Artificial Intelligence).

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 The AI Global Mark of Compliance Initiative

In 2021, in agreement with the European Parliament, the 8 Good AI Global Frameworks will spearhead the launch of The AI Global Mark of Compliance Initiative. The AI Global Mark of Compliance (AIGMC) will be a quality certification mark authenticating ethically sound uses of AI. The AIGMC, as an internationally recognised certification of ethically sound practices, will be applied in different contexts, including in businesses, in specific products and services which adhere to the 8 Good AI Global Frameworks.

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The 8 Good AI Global Frameworks – Additional Stakeholders

In addition to the resources referred to in point 1, the first 8 Good AI Global Frameworks will also consider and liaise with: the Future of Life Institute’s Asilomar Principles, the General Principles offered in the second version of Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems launched by the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, the Five Overarching Principles for an AI Code offered in paragraph 417 of the UK House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee’s report, the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI, the Tenets of the Partnership on AI, HLEG’s Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI and the recent OECD Principles on AI.

The activity will also consider and liaise with the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Commission’s AI Strategy and the 2019 work of the High-Level Expert Groups on AI, as well as the Council of Europe’s legal regulation – such as GDPR and regulation 2018/858 on the approval and surveillance of motor vehicles. AI4People will also consider and liaise with the work of further initiatives such as:
– the United Nations’ AI for Good Global Summits;
– the Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); – the work of the Committee on Professional Ethics and Public Policy Council of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM);
– the Partnership on AI, – the work of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIS);
– and the work of the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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The vertical business sectors of the 8 Good AI Global Frameworks

Automotive
Banking and Finance
Energy
Healthcare
Logistics and Transport
Insurance
Media/Content
Manufacturing

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The Agenda

January 2020 (date TBD): Creation of the 8 Committees that will look at the application of AI in the specific business sector
February 2020  (date TBD): First Forum Meeting and Committees Meetings
July 2020 (date TBD): Second Forum Meeting and Committees Meetings
November 2020 (dates TBD): AI4People Summit + Third Forum Meeting and Presentation of the first 8 Good AI Global Frameworks

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The Committees and the working methodology

The working methodology for the third year will be more participatory and will allow greater personal interaction between scientific members and business partners.

A new type of Committee will be created (one for each vertical), including 5 scientific members and 5 members from the business partners, giving their inputs and expertise in the case studies.

This will foresee three annual meetings in person as in the past two years, in addition to open events for the presentation of the results and the AI4People Summit.

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The AI4People Summit

The AI4People Summit will be held in November 2020 (dates TBD)
at the European Parliament.

The Preliminary Program will be available from January 15th.

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The European Consultation on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (ECAI)

1. Introduction

The European Consultation on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) organised by AI4People’s media partners with the participation of the European Commission and the European Parliament – was set up to organize an extensive and first of its kind consultation of the public-at-large on Artificial Intelligence, across twelve European Countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom.

Engaging citizens in this crucial debate – and collecting their opinions on one of the most relevant subject matters of our time – is an utmost priority in order to create policies considerate of the public’s opinion on AI, its Ethics and its Governance. Case studies from the Business Partners will also be included in this initiative, with the aim of bringing them to the attention of the public at large.

The results of this extensive and international public consultation will be presented in November 2020 during the AI4People Summit, with ECAI’s media partners, to the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli and to the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen.

2. The Organisers

ECAI is being organized by twelve of AI4People’s leading media partners, each from one of twelve European countries:
– Der Standard;
– El Pais;
– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung;
– Il Sole 24Ore;
– Les Echos;
– Le Soir;
– Luxemburger Wort;
– NRC Handelsblad;
– Publico;
– Rzeczpospolita;
– The Guardian.

ECAI, with the collaboration of AI4People’s Editorial Committee, is currently also evaluating two media partners in China and USA, to promote ECAI beyond Europe.

3. Format and Methodology

The media partners support the public consultation both through traditional offline channels as well as various online channels. Offline, through the hard copy version of their outlets, a series of articles presenting ECAI to their readers will be published, while introducing the public consultation itself.

Online, the media partners will introduce via their digital outlets and social media channels – the consultation itself, which on a weekly basis will present readers with a diverse series of questions. Each question will be linked to an informative article giving citizens in-depth, scientifically backed information.
The methodology of the consultation has been decided in agreement between the Knowledge Partners and the Media Partners.

4. ECAI High-Level Group (update October 10th)

AI4People is managing the creation the ECAI High-Level Group, which will be discussing the questions and the articles that will be submitted to the citizens in November 2020. Case studies from the Business Partners will also be included in the initiative with the aim of bringing them to the attention of the public-at-large.

The group will meet three times (starting from November 7th 2019, in February and in November 2020) and will be composed by various members from different sectors.

Until now, the members engaged are:

- Mr Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, President of Atomium-EISMD;
Mr Janne Elvelid, Facebook;
Ms Patricia Fernandez de Lis, El Pais;
Ms Giulia Del Gamba, Intesa Sanpaolo;
Ms Eva Kaili, MEP;
Ms Cornelia Kutterer, Microsoft;
Mr Robert Madelin, AI4People Scientific Committee; University of Oxford;
Dr Aisha Naseer, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited;
Ms Maj-Britt Peters, Audi AG;
Mr Danny Van Roijen, COCIR; Coordinator of the ECAI High-Level
Group.

5. Knowledge Partners

AI4People serves as ECAI’s Knowledge Partner and has the function of scientifically validating the contents of the consultation. The 1st of June the European Commission (DG Connect) and the European Parliament (European Artificial Intelligence Observatory) have been invited to support the ECAI initiative by sharing their expertise.

The consultation will be launched publicly by the Media Partners in November 2020 and will continue for 3 consecutive weeks.

6. Team

For coordination and institutional relations purposes ECAI is supported by Atomium-EISMD. For editorial purposes ECAI is supported by AI4People’s Editorial Committee as well as its media partners.

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Planned Institutional Meetings

During 2020, AI4People will continue its Institutional Activities by presenting the outcomes of its 1st and 2nd year of activity to the European Commission, European Parliament, the USA Government and the Chinese Government.

• 18/19/20 February 2020 (date TBC): meeting with the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen;
• 17/18/19 March 2020 (date TBC): meeting with the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli;
March 2020 (dates TBC): meeting with Nicky Morgan, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
• 14-16 April 2020 (date TBC): meeting with Roberto Viola, Director-General DG CONNECT, European Commission
July 2020 (dates TBC): meetings with the USA Government
• Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director and Chair of the Technology Council (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence;
• Pete Olson and Jerry McNerney, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus;
• Steven H. Walker, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director and Chair of the Technology Council (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence;
• France A. Córdova, National Science Foundation Director and Chair of the Technology Council (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence.
September 2020 (dates TBC): meeting with the Chinese Government
• Minister Wang Zhigang, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST);
• Pan Yunhe, Deputy Chairman of the China Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI) and Head of the AI Strategy Advisory Committee.
September 2020 (dates TBC): meeting with Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD

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