Canadians launch ethical guidelines for AI

The Université de Montréal and the Fonds de recherche du Québec have unveiled the Montréal Declaration for Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence. These ethical guidelines for the development of AI are drafted by citizens, experts, public policymakers, industry stakeholders and civil society organizations.

Yoshua Bengio, a member of the Montréal Responsible AI Declaration Steering Committee: “As a scientist, I feel a great responsibility to see to it that the outcomes of my research and of developments across the AI spectrum are used for the benefit of as many people as possible. By integrating social responsibility principles at the outset of technological development in university and industry laboratories, we can have a truly positive and concrete impact.”

The guidelines contain ten principles and eight recommendations. Amongst the principles are well-being (the development and use of artificial-intelligence systems must permit the growth of the well-being of all sentient beings), equity (the development and use of AI must contribute to the creation of a just and equitable society) and responsibility (the development and use of AI must not contribute to diminishing the responsibility of human beings when decisions must be made).

The eight recommendations amongst others include the need to set up an organization for independent citizen scrutiny and consultation, the need for sound auditing and a certification policy, and a general recommendation for the inclusive development of AI.