The European Commission, pursuant to its agenda on establishing the Digital Single Market (DSM), release last April 9, 2019 its ethics policies on advancement and enhancement of Artificial Intelligence or AI.

Fair Trade over the Internet

As a key strategic aspect of building the economy, EU acknowledged that digital technologies is an essential part of the plan. Its contributions in medicine, agriculture, robotics, and transportation – to name a few – revolutionized the economy.

To build on this, EU made the creation of DSM as one of its priorities. The marker aims to promote the use of digital technology in fair trade, with highest priority on user data information protection, and transcending nationality and geographical boundaries.

The approach on optimizing AI is critical to the commission’s pursuit of DSM.  

Ethics Guideline on Artificial Intelligence

The policies published last Tuesday focused on the impact of AI on three key themes: 1) access, 2) environment, and 3) economy and society.

The guideline highlighted that AI systems should not hamper human autonomy, but instead empower and enable it. It should also be able to deal with errors throughout its cycle. Moreover, In no way should it deprive users access to their own data.

The policy also highlighted that AI systems should be traceable. It should be built and created with all sectors of the society in mind. It should be able to positively impact the society. Finally, it should also be clear on its accountability.

The publication of this list is available here.

A preliminary phase will then be initiated together with select allies of the expert group overseeing the review. Businesses, member states, and organizations will be briefed on actualizing the policies. In addition, it aims to bring the policies to the global arena as it ultimately acknowledges countries like Japan, Canada, or Singapore as key players in digital technology.