Commentary: Human rights have been peripheral in debate on impacts of artificial intelligence, despite significant added value

Author: Christiaan van Veen & Corinne Cath, Data & Society, Published on: 9 July 2018

"Artificial Intelligence: What’s Human Rights Got To Do With It?", 14 May 2018

Many (..) in the field of AI may have doubts about the ‘added value’ of the human rights framework to their work... [O]thers may perceive (...) issues as inequality, discrimination, and poverty as matters that states should deal with... But given the wide-ranging implications of AI on societies and individuals... internationally protected human rights will be affected by developments in this field... The (...) challenge for those working in the human rights field is to address (...) concerns of the AI community and to fill current knowledge gaps about the concrete applicability of human rights to AI... [H]uman rights bodies (...) provide spaces in which (...) disputes caused by the development and use of AI systems can be (...) addressed constructively... Corporations are dominant players in the AI debate, (taking it) upon themselves to set out their visions and strategies for the future of AI. IBM, for example... reiterated its “commitment to the ethical, responsible advancement of AI.” A more comprehensive vision comes from Microsoft, which in early 2018 released its take on the future of AI, The Future Computed... Many of these strategies fail to refer to human rights at all... who will determine when an 'ethics violation' has taken place and what the consequences should be?

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