The Global AI Ethics Consortium (GAIEC) on Ethics and the Use of Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Fight Against COVID-19 and other Pandemics is officially launched
Munich, 15 April 2020 “The time for analysing how AI is deployed -whom it affects, how it affects them, what are its broader social and economic impacts- is now.” The COVID-19 crisis has already changed daily life in innumerable ways, and it will continue to have a significant impact as it shifts global opinion, politics, and approaches to combating pandemics and crises of all kinds. Among the many areas, its effects are being felt is in the field of technology, and in particular society’s attitudes toward the potential -and risks- of Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for tackling COVID-19. The various uses of AI to manage pandemics, as well as the ethical challenges related to them, require multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder engagement as well as international collaboration on developing AI governance. To this end, the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence has led the way in the creation of the Global AI Ethics Consortium (GAIEC), joining forces with academic institutions, research centers and distinguished members of academia worldwide in order to foster trust in data and technology, maximize the potential of AI while limiting its harms, help all the involved parties navigate current uncertainty and create ethical frameworks. The newly founded Global AI Ethics Consortium (GAIEC) on Ethics and the Use of Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Fight Against COVID-19 and other Pandemics aims to:
- Support immediate needs for expertise related to the COVID-19 crisis and the emerging ethical questions related to the use of AI in managing the pandemic.
- Create a repository that includes avenues of communication for sharing and disseminating current research, new research opportunities, and past research findings.
- Coordinate internal funding and research initiatives to allow for maximum opportunities to pursue vital research related to health crises and the ethical use of AI.
- Discuss research findings and opportunities for new areas of collaboration.