This article was published by The Future Society in Seminars & Summits on March 17, 2020

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Workshop on the Ethical Stakes of Facial Recognition Technologies, organized during the French Government’s Public Innovation Week

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Following recent advances in facial recognition systems, various stakeholders are planning to experiment their use in France: in airports during boarding, and through the mobile application “Alicem” piloted by the Ministry of Interior to provide easy and secure access to public services. What are the ethical issues raised by the use of such technology? What are the conditions for good experimentation? Our civic workshop discussed the opportunities and ethical challenges of AI and facial recognition during the French Government’s Public Innovation Week.

Seminars & Summits
March 17, 2020
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Through virtual personal assistants, targeted advertising or medical diagnosis, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more common in our daily lives. In response to its rapid development, many ethical guidelines have been drafted by the public (OECD, G20, European Commission) and private sectors (Google, Tencent, Microsoft). To date, there are more than 100 ethical charters for responsible AI. However, only a handful included citizens in deliberative processes.

More than ever, there is a need to widen the debate and include citizens in discussions on the ethical experimentation and deployment of AI. AI will have an increasing impact on the lives of all and we need to collectively delineate its trajectory and scope.

The workshop was organized during the Interdepartmental Directorate for Public Transformation’s public innovation week, and the AI Civic Forum, multi-stakeholder platform to proactively engage people around the world in discussions on AI ethics and governance, launched in partnership between The Future Society, Mila and AlgoraLab.