Panel on Project AIMS (AI against Modern Slavery) @ GPAI Montreal Summit

December 4, 2020

The Future Society is proud to announce that Project AIMS (AI against Modern Slavery) was selected to be presented as a promising use-case of responsible AI for Social Good at the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) Montreal Summit 2020

Hosted virtually from Canada by GPAI’s Montreal Centre of Expertise (ICEMAI) on 3-4 December 2020, the Montreal Summit offered a chance for leading multi-stakeholder AI experts from around the world and GPAI representatives to participate in sessions and high-level meetings, including the first meetings of GPAI’s governance bodies: the GPAI Council and Steering Committee.

Our team together with our partners from the Walk Free Foundation and Wikirate discussed how Project AIMS may represent projects that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Project AIMS develops an AI algorithm (leveraging computational linguistic and NLP machine learning methods) to read and assess businesses’ statements on modern slavery. It seeks to provide a scalable, open source tool for analysing statements, boosting compliance and helping to eradicate modern slavery, while being aligned with the best practices in terms of ethics-by-design.

The project was presented in a panel moderated by Nicolas Miailhe, Founder & President at The Future Society, with guest speakers, Katharine Bryant, Lead of European Engagement at Walk Free, Laureen van Breen, Managing Director at WikiRate, and Adriana Bora, AI Policy Researcher and Project Manager at The Future Society.

The panel presented the history of Project AIMS, the roles of their organisations in the success of the project and discussed the considerations when developing the AI system, and how AI can facilitate corporate action and government intervention.

The Project AIMS is a collaborative initiative, highly aligned with GPAI’s structure and mission. The panel highlighted the benefits of such a structure and discussed the lessons drawn so far. 

Re-watch the panel here.