Forging a Positive AI Mindset

AI, like any other powerful technology, can be a double-edged sword. Take, for instance, the automotive industry: Its early days were just as contentious as the AI revolution is today. There were inherent risks in the use of automobiles. And yes, there were complications. But we built a system with guardrails that made cars safer. These continue to be improved since their development more than a century ago. It’s time now to put the guardrails in place for AI.

AI for good

Imagine if the advances we’ve seen in AI during the last year had happened even half a decade ago. Could it have accelerated the development of coronavirus vaccines? Could it have averted the global economic downturn we experienced this year? Questions and potential scenarios like these lend credence to the argument that it could be unethical not to develop AI.

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A positive outcome for AI won’t simply happen; we need to steer toward it. This requires us to advance its responsible and ethical development, underpinned by international, cross-sector cooperation. AI’s capabilities shouldn’t be defined only by what is technically possible, but also by what society needs and expects.

One thing is for sure: AI will not remain static. It will continually evolve as new use cases appear. As we push the boundaries of AI, we’ll also adapt our standards to encompass new innovations, applications, and scenarios.


Forging a Positive AI Mindset

Dispelling the fear and embracing the potential of artificial intelligence

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – 12:01

International Standards offer a framework for creating and developing responsible, resilient AI systems based on the input and voices of all stakeholders. Standards help to foster interoperability, safety, and transparency across AI applications, ensuring that the benefits of AI are accessible, comprehensible, and meaningful to everyone.

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The future of AI is filled with opportunity, but we must advance with foresight and responsibility. As long as we can embrace collaboration, bringing all voices on board, we can help steer the technology for the betterment of humankind.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere—and that’s something to marvel at. AI is powering everything from advanced web searches to social media recommendations and video game design. But it could do infinitely more.

As with any new technology or groundbreaking product, there are inflection points as development and adoption progress. It’s precisely at these points that ISO and its peers have a real opportunity to make a tangible, positive impact.

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With this philosophy in mind, our AI experts are leveraging the full tool set of the ISO system to develop standards that will ensure the widest and most responsible adoption of AI. We need to continue working closely with other international organizations, regulators, policymakers, and end users in a collaborative and cohesive ecosystem.

Looking into the future

The applications of AI are vast and varied. To ensure the standards we develop are fit for purpose, we need an international ecosystem that includes diverse organizational perspectives and reflects the multiple ways in which the technology will be used.

AI has the potential to revolutionize our societies and economies. Discussions about the future of AI tend to focus on the risks; but issues around data bias, lackluster transparency, and privacy are in fact driven by unscrupulous use of the technology, not the technology itself.

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A collaborative ecosystem

We need a diverse range of expert inputs covering various geographies, industries, and roles, with everyone across the AI ecosystem involved in the process of setting standards. International Standards play an important role as the interface between technological possibilities and societal expectations. This will provide a robust foundation for the equitable development of AI.

Standards incorporating desired societal and ethical outcomes serve as a foundational framework for developing, deploying, and regulating AI systems. Gone are the days where performance, cost, and scalability were given priority over sustainability and trustworthiness. The future of IT, including AI, requires that we simultaneously deal with all these considerations.

If it’s developed ethically and responsibly, AI could help to usher in a new era of innovation and inclusion. This cutting-edge technology could be used to make our world safer and better, opening up possibilities that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago.

Published Sept. 21, 2023, on ISO Innovation News.