The members of an international alliance launched a new initiative on 15 June, entitled the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence.
Its objective, as set out by founding members Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States, is to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI policy. An example would be looking at how AI could help societies respond to and recover from the Covid-19 crisis. (Read the Joint statement)
See also: AI - a European perspective (Science for Policy report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC)
The Secretariat of the alliance will be hosted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and the group aims to “guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth.”
The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, will bring together experts from the private sector, academia and non-profit organisations to conduct research and pilot projects on AI. Deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio, founder and scientific director of the Mila research institute in artificial intelligence in Quebec, will co-chair a working group on responsible AI.
Coordination of GPAI will come mainly from researchers based in Montréal and Paris. Both centres will work with the group’s secretariat, run by the OECD. The OECD has established a network of AI experts to advise members on policy, and it has produced a set of AI principles endorsed by more than 40 countries.
The global panel will draw up guidelines on four broad themes, including responsible AI, data governance, the future of work, and innovation and commercialisation. A full list of experts to work on these topics is being finalised.
The Montréal centre will focus on responsible AI and data governance. The centre in Paris will address the future of work and innovation and commercialisation.
Researchers will also investigate how AI can be leveraged in the immediate term to respond to and recover from COVID-19.
The working groups, in turn, are to be overseen by a series of three committees: a ruling council that includes government ministers, a steering committee, and a multi-stakeholders experts’ group plenary that includes public and private experts.