NEWS16 June 2020

Global partnership formed for AI research

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GLOBAL – The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) has been launched by 15 nations and international bodies to ensure democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

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GPAI will support research into AI and work in collaboration with experts from industry, civil society, governments and academia to help the development of the technology.

The partnership will focus on four key themes: responsible AI; data governance; the future of work; and innovation and commercialisation.
A short-term focus on AI’s response to Covid-19 will also be in GPAI’s remit.

Founding members of GPAI are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the UK, the US and the European Union.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will host GPAI’s secretariat in Paris, and two centres of expertise will be run in Paris and Montreal.

An annual GPAI Multistakeholder Excerpts Group Plenary will be hosted for the first time in Canada in December.

Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the OECD, said: “AI is a truly transformational technology that could play a catalysing role in our response to Covid-19 and other global challenges provided it is developed and used with trust, transparency and accountability.

“The launch of GPAI, an initiative grounded in the OECD AI principles, marks an important step toward this goal.”