Towards an Inclusive Future in AI
foraus, swissnex Network, AI Commons
How can we realize the goal of inclusion in the future trajectory of artificial intelligence?
In this workshop, we will guide the participants through an open ideation hands-on session using the Policy Kitchen method to address the question of how we can ensure the participation and inclusion of all relevant voices and minds in global AI research and innovation?.
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It is hard to find a cluster of technologies that might change our societies more in the coming decades than artificial intelligence. In the past two years, more than 20 countries and several international fora, including the UN, EU, G7, and OECD, have produced strategies, principles, and guidelines on the ethical development and governance of AI. While practically all of them stress the importance of “inclusion,” “multi-stakeholder cooperation” and “participation” to ensure beneficial outcomes for people and the planet, few explain what it means in practice or offer concrete solutions to do so.
To respond to this gap, foraus, the swissnex Network, and AI Commons are launching the initiative “Towards an Inclusive Future in AI” as part of the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva on May 28-31, 2019. Using foraus’ Policy Kitchen crowdsourcing methodology, we aim to collect ideas for initiatives, models, and policies fostering the inclusion of diverse voices and minds in AI. We will explore the research, development, and governance aspects of inclusion, as all are crucial to realizing this principle in practice.
This workshop is the first one of a series of international workshops that will take place in San Francisco, Bangalore, Nairobi, Boston, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and will culminate at the AI for Good summit in Geneva.
Delphine Magara, Eduardo Belinchón de la Banda, Jamila Khlei
Eduardo Belinchon de la Banda, Digital Innovation Manager of foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy
Roman Kern - swissnex Network
Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
- C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
- C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
- C11. International and regional cooperation
Using the Policy Kitchen method we will leverage the collective intelligence of many to address the problematic around inclusion within the AI development and specifically how we can ensure an ethically ground AI development. In the output of our series of workshops, we will collect a diversity of innovative proposals that can support several of the WSIS action lines, among others C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content, C.10 Ethical dimensions of the Information Society and C11. International and regional cooperation. When it comes to AI development all these action lines will greatly benefit from an inclusive and participative approach. This is why we believe that our workshop will be a great value for the WSIS action lines.
Session's link to Sustainable Development Process
- Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Throughout the series of workshops, we will gather relevant input that can help advance the 2030 Agenda and specifically addressing the inclusion question within the context of AI development we believe that will support the Goals 10 and 16. AI is one of the most discussed technologies today and the one that has more potential to produce significant changes in our society. Ensuring inclusivity in the development of AI, especially the most disadvantaged, will provide better changes to address their needs and allow them to take advantage of the great technological potential offered by AI to reduce the inequality within and among countries. Not only that but by providing for inclusivity in AI development will contribute to the development just, peaceful and inclusive societies by addressing the needs of marginalized and disenfranchised groups.