UNESCO Conference on Artificial Intelligence held 4 March
A clear consensus emerged on the need to ensure a human-centred governance of artificial intelligence (AI) during UNESCO’s Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? Global Conference on 4 March at the Organization’s Headquarters.
As she opened the UNESCO Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, “The issues raised by artificial intelligence are not technological. They concern our own humanity, raising scientific, political, philosophical and ethical questions.”
Ms Azoulay declared that “the time is more than ripe to define the ethical principles that must serve as a foundation and framework of this disruption; to ensure that AI serves collective choices, based on humanist values.”
Referring to UNESCO’s work on AI, the Director-General announced that “We will now be able to work on the basis of a first report of the Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, COMEST. This new report, dedicated to artificial intelligence, will certainly provide major scientific support to Member States’ reflection and initiatives.”*
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) spoke of the need for cooperation to ensure that AI becomes a driver of inclusive and sustainable growth. “We have to get this right, because while AI is driving optimism, it is also fuelling anxieties and ethical concerns.”
UNESCO Conference on Artificial Intelligence