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The US Principles for AI and OECD

The Great Difference Between the OECD Principles and The US Principles

This may be one of the shortest articles I will ever write, however I think there is one major difference between the OECD Principles of AI and the US.

US is part of OECD and could have chosen to adopt these principles like some other countries have, however this is a completely different direction and may negatively influence other countries to follow their irresponsible approach.

I will state this clearly: a complete disregard for the current climate crisis; placing fairness after risk management and cost; and its hands-off regulatory approach to AI are not good principles.

Let’s have a brief look at a shortened version as posted by MIT Technology Review:

  1. Public trust in AI. The government must promote reliable, robust, and trustworthy AI applications.

Let’s contrast this with the OECD Principles of AI:

  • AI should benefit people and the planet by driving inclusive growth, sustainable development and well-being.

Listen to this: people and planet.

Yes! AI does not operate in a vacuum. It gives an indication of responsibility.

These principles puts sustainability front and centre closely followed by human rights and accountability.

Although the US Principles look great at face value, they are an international disgrace for the community and represents the lack of focus on the climate crisis by the current administration.

As I have mentioned previously the Obama Administration with its plans on AI had included these different considerations while the Trump administration has not.

It was not unexpected, however highly unnecessary as it would be better that US defaulted to OECD Principles rather than their own when considering for example introduction of laws or solutions.

The US principles in their current shape and form are not very trustworthy.

That is my short opinion on the matter. I would be happy and open to hear other opinions on why I am completely wrong.

This is #500daysofAI and you are reading article 217. I am writing one new article about or related to artificial intelligence every day for 500 days. My current focus for 100 days 200–300 is national and international strategies for artificial intelligence.

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AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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