On 26 June 2019, the Independent High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (HLEG), set up by the European Commission, published its Policy and Investment Recommendations for Trustworthy AI (AI Recommendations).
The HLEG has put forward 33 recommendations intended to guide trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) towards sustainability, growth, competitiveness and inclusion, while empowering and protecting human beings. As noted by the HLEG:
[A]s is the case with any technology, AI can be deployed both in a manner that increases human well-being and that may lead to potential harm. Therefore, while it creates a great opportunity … it also implies certain risks of which policy-makers are increasingly aware. This may necessitate specific and targeted governance measures that provide appropriate safeguards to protect individuals and society.
The main takeaways from the AI recommendations for Europe – as summarised by the HLEG, and which arguably could find similar application in other regions – are as follows:
- Empower and protect humans and society.
- Take up a tailored approach to the AI landscape.
- Secure a Single European Market for Trustworthy AI.
- Enable AI ecosystems through Sectoral Multi-Stakeholder Alliances.
- Foster the European data economy.
- Exploit the multi-faceted role of the public sector.
- Strengthen and unite Europe’s research capabilities.
- Nurture education.
- Adopt a risk-based governance approach to AI and an ensure an appropriate regulatory framework.
- Stimulate an open and lucrative investment environment.
- Embrace a holistic way of working, combing a 10-year vision with a rolling action plan.
The AI Recommendations are accessible here.
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