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08 Apr 2019

EC presents next steps for AI ethics guidelines

On 8 April 2019, the European Commission (EC) presented the next steps developing ethical guidelines for Artificial Intelligence (AI). A High-Level Expert Group had been appointed in June 2018 to prepare these guildelines. The EC is now launching a pilot phase, inviting industry, research institutes and public authorities to test the detailed assessment list drafted by the High-Level Expert Group, which complements the guidelines. This is a deliverable under the Commission's AI strategy of April 2018. The pilot phase is due to start in summer 2019, but companies, public administrations and organisations can sign up as of today to the European AI Alliance and receive a notification when the pilot starts. In addition, members of the AI high-level expert group will help present and explain the guidelines to relevant stakeholders in Member States.

The Commission is taking a three-step approach: setting-out the key requirements for trustworthy AI, launching a large scale pilot phase for feedback from stakeholders, and working on international consensus building for human-centric AI. Members of the AI High Level Group will present their work in detail during the third Digital Day in Brussels on 9 April. Following the pilot phase, in early 2020, the AI expert group will review the assessment lists for the key requirements, building on the feedback received. Building on this review, the Commission will evaluate the outcome and propose any next steps.

Furthermore, the EC announces that in order to ensure the ethical development of AI, it will by the autumn 2019: launch a set of networks of AI research excellence centres; begin setting up networks of digital innovation hubs; and together with Member States and stakeholders, start discussions to develop and implement a model for data sharing and making best use of common data spaces.

For more information:

EC press release

EC Communication: “Building trust in human-centric artificial intelligence”

AI ethics guidelines

Factsheet artificial intelligence

High-Level Expert Group on AI


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