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Smart Dubai's AI Ethics Advisory Board defines operational roadmap

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DUBAI, 27th March, 2019 (WAM) -- Smart Dubai, the government body tasked with transforming Dubai into the world’s smartest and happiest city through innovation, organised the first meeting of its Artificial Intelligence, AI, Ethics Advisory Board, which finalised an operational roadmap to govern the board’s future direction.

Comprising representatives of leading government departments and private sector entities, the board has been formed to shape the development and deployment of human-centered ethical AI to encourage fairness, transparency and accountability in AI systems in Dubai. The first of three meetings to be held in 2019 took place on Thursday, 19th March, during which the board members discussed the vision, mission and objectives they aspire to achieve.

The advisory board has been designed to create a multi-stakeholder collaborative platform and ongoing dialogue, enabling board members to share knowledge and expertise around human-centred AI and to explore viable policy instruments that can more readily adapt to evolving AI technologies. The board’s remit covers the exploration of practical application and considerations of AI ethics in Dubai and the offering of strategic advice on the development path from soft regulation to responsible and trustworthy innovation in AI field.

Commenting on the first meeting of the board, Younus Al Nasser said, "I am very pleased with the conclusion of our inaugural meeting, which saw fruitful and interactive discussions and resulted in a productive outcome. The first meeting saw the representatives of the government departments and private sector organisations work together to draw up a roadmap aimed at setting out a clear path towards achieving our goal of creating an ethical framework of reference for the use of AI in the UAE."

"The advisory board has been formulated to accommodate the rapidly changing technology landscape by proposing suitable policy instruments that can more readily adapt to evolving AI technologies. The board aims to provide assistance, guidance, and recommendations, as well as enable further research and the development of the ethical implementations of technological solutions," he added The first meeting follows on from the launch of the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for AI implementation, announced in January 2019. The protocol aims to be an "Ethical AI Toolkit" that allows AI users and providers to assess their offerings and to work on ensuring the highest levels of responsibility, probity and good governance when developing AI applications and solutions.


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