European Commission starts preparing ethical standards for cutting-edge technology
On 9 March 2018, the European Commission laid down the basis for a strategy on artificial intelligence by setting up an expert group to gather input and rally a broad alliance of diverse stakeholders. On the same day, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), an independent advisory body to the Commission, published a statement on artificial intelligence.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Artificial intelligence has developed rapidly from a digital technology for insiders to a very dynamic key enabling technology with market creating potential. And yet, how do we back these technological changes with a firm ethical position? It bears down to the question, what society we want to live in. Today's statement lays the groundwork for our reply.”
The call for applications for an expert group in artificial intelligence will end on 9 April 2018, and the Commission aims to set up this group by May. This group will gather and build on the work done by other experts which is relevant to artificial intelligence, such as the high-level strategy group for industrial technologies and the expert group on liability and new technologies. For the latter a call for applications was also launched today. This expert group will assist the Commission in analysing the challenges related to the existing liability framework.