AI has its roots in philosophy and computer science, and since its very beginning, it has addressed broad questions that span domains such as psychology and engineering.
Given the versatility and interdisciplinary nature of its research questions, AI can be approached as both a science and a technology. With AI we can implement mechanisms that simulate the operation of the human brain. But AI also offers technology that accelerate the digital transformation of all aspects of our lives and is proving to be essential to the success of our digital economy in an increasingly connected world.
In order to be beneficial and trustworthy, this transformation requires an Ethical, Legal, Socio-Economic, and Cultural (ELSEC) framework. It is clear that the political and legal process alone will not be enough to deal with issues that are complex and too fast-changing to be addressed adequately by legislation. For trust to flourish, an ethical approach, through which design and application of AI is aligned with human values, ethical principles and cultural differences will be equally important.
The on-demand platform encourages discussion on the ELSEC aspects of AI, and ensures all relevant and interested parties and stakeholders are involved. The platfprm seeks to achieve this objective by bringing together the private and public sectors, citizens, NGOs, public bodies and authorities, and academia to allow the discussion about EU ethical guidelines to keep them up with technological, social ,and political developments.
The platform offers a methodology for ethical design and verification of AI applications, and an ELSEC observatory. The primary function of the Observatory is to act as a clearinghouse of information about ethical, legal, socio-economic, and cultural debates within the EU, and to stimulate and deepen the discussion on ethical issues, by bringing together a set of working grouping and publicise their results.
Articles can include working papers presenting original ideas that are open to feedbacks, short articles on recent activities dealing with Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural issues of AI (e.g. new laws, facts, events, etc.), case studies, research surveys, domain-specific concepts explained by relevant experts or blurred notions explained from different disciplinary perspective
Reports are brief summaries of documents issued by governments, companies or independent organisations that share investigations, strategies, frameworks or plans concerning the implications of AI
Centres are public or private organisations working on Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural issues of AI (ELSEC-AI) based in Europe
Networks are international partnerships or forums addressing ELSEC-AI topics involving European countries
Assessment tools offer researchers, developers and companies frameworks to review the ethics of their AI projects throughout the research/production cycle.
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