US government speeds up on Ethical Application of AI

Developed by the Artificial Intelligence Working Group of the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest, with PHI President George Tilesch as a co-author, the new Applied AI Ethics Framework is a promising development on the path of responsible public sector use of AI.

AI is becoming an influential cornerstone of the digital future as we increasingly rely on it to support and inform our world.  As organizations become more dependent upon the many technologies which comprise AI, there is a need to determine how much confidence and trust to place in them.  To accomplish this ethically, a means to determine its performance and continually monitor for mission veracity or any adverse impacts is needed. This paper addresses the overall ethical framework through an index that evaluates five core parameters underpinning the impact of AI: Bias, Fairness, Transparency, Responsibility, and Interpretability. By addressing and incorporating these five components, the framework can be used to understand the ethical automation of solutions to meet desired mission outcomes.

The ACT-IAC Ethical Application of AI White Paper can be downloaded here.