This article was published by The Future Society in Advisory Services, Policy Research on December 17, 2020

Report Release with the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) on Responsible AI and AI in Pandemic Response

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The Future Society had the privilege to support the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) Responsible AI and Pandemic Response working groups. On December 4th 2020, our team presented our reports at the GPAI Plenary with key recommendations for future global action and collaboration. We are very proud to share this work below.

Advisory ServicesPolicy Research
December 17, 2020
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Shortly after the launch of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) in June 2020, GPAI working groups released competitive tenders to identify knowledge partners to assist them with their mandates. In October 2020, The Future Society successfully won two tenders and started collaborating  with both the Responsible AI Working Group and the AI & Pandemic Response Subgroup on their mandates and shaping their agendas moving forward. 

Our collaboration with the Responsible AI working group consisted of three main tasks: 

(1) Mapping existing AI initiatives that promote the responsible development and use of AI, including those pertaining to ethics, governance, and social good; 

(2) Analyzing a shortlist of promising initiatives that are particularly relevant to GPAI; 

(3) Providing recommendations and areas for future action, drawing on the opportunities and gaps identified in previous tasks, to inform GPAI’s agenda moving forward.

Our collaboration with the AI in Pandemic Response Subgroup was similarly structured: 

(1) Mapping AI systems that have been developed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic; 

(2) Analyzing a shortlist of promising AI tools and platforms that are particularly relevant for current and future pandemic; 

(3) Providing recommendations, based on most promising initiatives’  key enabling factors and common hurdles, to steer the Subgroup’s engagement in  pandemic response.

In early December 2020, The Future Society presented these reports alongside the Co-chairs of the Responsible AI Working Group, Yoshua Bengio and Raja Chatila,and AI in Pandemic Response Subgroup, Alice Oh and Paul Suetens, at the inaugural GPAI Multi-stakeholder Plenary.

See the short summary video with Co-Chairs Yoshua Bengio and Raja Chatila and report Project Lead Niki Iliadis. 

Download here The Future Society report, Areas For Future Action in the Responsible AI Ecosystem, for the Responsible AI Working Group, led by Niki Iliadis, Nicolas Moes, Nicolas Miailhe, Sacha Alanoca, Delfina Belli, Caroline Galvan, Suzanne Bays and Sarah Cairns-Smith. 

See the short summary video with Co-Chairs Alice Oh and Paul Suetens, Steering Committee member Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, and report Project Lead Sacha Alanoca. 

Download here The Future Society report, Responsible AI in Pandemic Response, for the AI in Pandemic Response Subgroup led by Sacha Alanoca, Samuel Curtis, Nicolas Miailhe, Niki Iliadis, Ajit Jaokar, Durria Rubat, Suzanne Bays and Sarah Cairns-Smith.

What is the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI)? 

GPAI is the first intergovernmental institution with a focus on responsible AI. Built around a shared commitment to the OECD Recommendation on AI, GPAI brings together experts from science, industry, civil society, governments, international organisations and academia to foster international cooperation. 

Launched in June 2020, GPAI was developed within the G7, under the Canadian and French presidencies. GPAI’s 15 founding members are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy,  Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. They were joined by Brazil, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain in December 2020.