by Analytics Insight
January 16, 2022
This article talks about the impact of UNESCO’s new guidance policymakers in AI and education
While AI technologies have extraordinary value and the potential for social and economic development, artificial intelligence presents complex and unique challenges to policymakers. AI raises significant concerns over bias, stereotyping, and discrimination. Increasingly, decisions in both the public and private spheres are being taken on the basis of analysis generated by AI. UNESCO has called for AI to be developed in a way that ensures fair outcomes.
The recommendation included provisions to ensure that real-world biases are not replicated online, and offer concrete policy actions anchored in universal values and principles. It also mandates UNESCO to analyze the level of advancement of each country in the field of AI in order to assist them in the implementation phase
24 leading experts from across the globe contributed to the text, which ensured the Recommendation’s broad, comprehensive, and diverse scope. It was developed through a global consultation process, which built in a multiplicity of voices from different stakeholder groups around the world. UNESCO is ready to work with members and partners to ensure that this Recommendation will deliver on its promise to provide AI with a strong ethical grounding that delivers for people.
UNESCO’s work in the domain of Artificial Intelligence cuts across standard-setting, policy advice, and capacity building. As part of this work, UNESCO has launched guidance for policymakers in AI and education, developed training for youth on Artificial Intelligence and human rights, and will be training over 2000 judicial operators on AI and the rule of law worldwide by the beginning of 2022. UNESCO’s 193 member states are also poised to adopt a recommendation on the ethics of AI in November during the forthcoming session of the organization’s general conference. The draft is the fruit of a comprehensive worldwide consultation about the concerns it raises.
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