The United Nations and the Dutch government announcement plans to create a framework for the ethical oversight of artificial intelligence (AI).
On October 5, the Dutch Digital Infrastructure Authority and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially launched the project titled “AI Supervision by Competent Authorities” , which will gather data on how European countries oversee AI.
The project is receiving financial support through the European Commission’s Technical Support Instrument (TSI), and the information collected by the project will result in a list of ‘best practice’ recommendations.
Gabriela Ramos, deputy director general for social and human sciences at UNESCO, said this discussion is not technological but societal.
“We talk about the type of world we want to live in. To shape AI technological development, we need effective governance frameworks, underpinned by the ethical and moral values we all hold dear. »
In addition to best practices, the information collected will help create future training sessions to improve “institutional capacity” on the topic.
UNESCO has already played an important role in creating ethical guidelines for AI in November 2021, which all its Member States have adopted.
These UNESCO measures come after the European Union AI law passed in Parliament in June 2023. The AI Act is a comprehensive set of rules for the development of AI in the EU. The bill was proposed by the European Commission in April, and after Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor, member states will begin negotiations with Parliament to finalize the details.
Since the bill was passed in Parliament, the EU has also launched an initiative for AI startups in the region, which will enable accelerated access to supercomputers.
Some European countries have also considered strategies for regulating and developing AI. On August 25, Spain announced its plans for a local AI regulatory agency and a national strategy to ensure that AI development in the country is “inclusive, sustainable and citizen-centric”.
Meanwhile, in Germany, politicians and digital experts are divided in their ideas on how best to manage and implement technology.