Facebook on Sunday said it will produce an independent Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the first grant of $7.5 million. In collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany, the institute will help progress the growing field of ethical research on new technology and will explore basic issues impacting the use and impact of AI.
“The institute will run independent, evidence-based research to provide guidance and insight for society, business, legislators, and decision-makers across the public and private industries,” said Joaquin Quinonero Candela, Director, Applied Machine Learning, at Facebook. The institute will tackle issues which influence the use and impact of AI, such as security, privacy, fairness, and transparency.
“In the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, we will explore the ethical issues of AI and develop ethical guidelines for the responsible use of this technology in the market,” said Professor Dr. Christoph Lutge. The institute may also gain from Germany’s position at the forefront of this dialogue surrounding ethical frameworks for AI” such as the creation of government-led ethical guidelines on autonomous driving” and its function with European institutions on these issues.