Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence Created

AI or Artificial Intelligence, from finance and health care to retail and manufacturing, is poised to reshape the interface between people and machines and also affect fundamental issues of privacy and equality. Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and international Affairs and Bank of America recently announced the formation of a Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence. This is a new effort to address critical questions emerging from a new technology which will affect individuals and our economy.

“Artificial intelligence and machine learning have potential to improve our lives in all sorts of exciting ways,” said Dan Schrag, Co-Director of the Belfer Center…. But there are also risks. The Council will help investigate how to use these technologies in a responsible manner across various domains.” Ash Carter, Director of the Belfer Center and former Secretary of Defense (2015-2017) said, “It is difficult to overstate AI’s impact on society.”  The workforce, for example, is going to have to learn how to be reskilled for an AI world.

“The Council will convene leaders from groups including government, business, labor, academia, and civil society to learn about the latest technological developments in AI and machine learning, discuss emerging legal, moral, and policy implications, and investigate ways of developing responsible AI platforms. Participants on the Council will address pressing issues including:

Privacy: How can the private and public sectors benefit from new advances in machine learning of large data sets without compromising concerns for privacy?

Rights, Justice, and Equality: How do we conceive of human rights online? Whose responsibility is it to ensure that algorithms respect these rights? How does artificial intelligence threaten or aid the equality of different groups?

Transparency: How is AI designed and deployed with trust by design, including building systems that lead to explainable AI?

Workforce: How do we democratize AI learning across an enterprise’s stakeholders; emphasizing augmentation vs. replacement; reskilling the workforce that is displaced by AI?

The issues facing this Harvard and Bank Council are critical matters for today’s students who will live in a world fashioned by AI for better or worst.