It is shortly after 12:00 p.m. at Place du Luxembourg. Here, directly in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, is where the heart of Europe can be found. Oxford professor Luciano Floridi and Audi CDO Roland Villinger are on their way to the future. They are joining leading representatives from universities, businesses, EU institutions, and civilorganizations at the summit “Towards a Good AI Society” to discuss the question of how artificial intelligence can be implemented in such a way that it pushes humanity forward. Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, is also attending the summit.
AI and ethics: Audi at AI4People with the beyond initiative
Encouraging the ethical use of AI in Europe: Audi joins the conversation at the AI4People forum with the beyond initiative. Audi CDO Roland Villinger joined many leading Europeans at the initial summit in the European Parliament. Blog author Lisa Niermann was there with them.
The European approach
“We need a European approach to artificial intelligence that combines innovation with our values,” said Roland Villinger, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of AUDI AG at the sidelines of the summit. At AI4People, Audi is contributing its expertise from the beyond initiative. In the context of beyond, the automobile manufacturer has built up an interdisciplinary network of international AI experts from the fields of science and business over the course of the last three years.
Luciano Floridi, director of the Digital Ethics Lab and founder of AI4People, is also a member of the beyond network. His initiative AI4People is the first global forum for the ethical use of artificial intelligence in Europe. Floridi initially established the contact between Audi and AI4People. “It’s not merely about the question of what is legally acceptable, but really about what is ethically preferable,” he says.
At the summit, Floridi presented a 20-point plan for the ethical use of AI. One of the areas of focus was the coordination of European AI research and the need to increase awareness of questions surrounding the responsible use of new technologies in the minds of the public.
A network of AI experts
Audi has been encouraging public discussion on artificial intelligence with the beyond initiative since 2015. The discussioninvolves the ethical, legal, and social aspects of autonomous driving and the working world of the future. At beyond, philosophers and psychologists come together with software engineers, entrepreneurs, and legal experts.
Fittingly, Audi is now joining in as a founding member of AI4People. “One of the main points that I’ve taken away from the 20-point plan is the idea of a European narrative for the future of the working world in the age of AI,” says Barbara Wege, project lead at the beyond initiative. “This type of narrative helps people to see the transition as an opportunity.” Meeting with representatives from leading companies and EU institutions in the summit’s working sessions, Wege discussed, among other things, the question of how to qualify people to work with AI. There’s already a real-world example of how this qualification could work: in cooperation with the online learning platform Udacity, Audi employees can complete a continuing education course on the subject of machine learning that combines online study with in-person classes.
AI by people, for people
During the discussions in Brussels, one thing became abundantly clear: artificial intelligence is not only created by people — it is createdfor people, too. This is the approach that the AI4People will take as it enters its next phase. It plans to appoint a committee that will advise political decision-makersregarding the use of AI.
AI in Europe was only under discussion for two days at Place du Luxembourg. But this summit has shown that, in the future, the debate will not only take place in the heart of Europe, but in businesses, political parties, and universities as well.
Audi and beyond initiative speak out for responsible use of AI at global forum
A society in which artificial intelligence benefits people and society: To those ends, Audi is involved in AI4People, the first global forum for an ethical approach to AI in Europe. At the “Towards a Good AI Society Summit” at the European Parliament in Brussels, the forum presented a 20-point plan for a responsible AI society. One of the focuses was on coordinating European AI research and establishing issues of the responsible use of new technologies more firmly in the minds of developers, legislators and the general public. “We need a European approach to artificial intelligence that combines innovation with our v...Read more
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