Singapore seeks code for ethical use of AI

Singapore is setting up an advisory council to look at the ethical use of artificial intelligence. Goal of the Asian city-state is a code of practice and governance for AI, the Financial Times reports. According to the future code decisions made by AI should be “explainable, transparent, and fair to consumers” as well as “human-centric”.

Through the code Singapore wants to build “a trusted ecosystem” which ensures consumer confidence in its front running digital economy. The advisory council is to consult consumers, legal and technical experts, ethics boards of private organisations and academia for feedback.

Apart from the new code, Singapore is also specifically targeting AI investments. A government agency of the city state says it will increase awareness amongst banks of the need to include ethical issues when reviewing investment decisions on companies that develop or adopt AI.