Saudi Arabia has established the International Center for AI Research Ethics to advance ethical practices in AI and shape policy in the Gulf region.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Farhan announced the establishment of a center in Riyadh during UNESCO’s 42nd World Heritage Site.n.d. General conference in Paris on November 11th.
In June this year, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the initiative, which is dedicated to promoting AI ethics and developing sector-specific policies in the region. This is after submitting a proposal to the centre. UNESCO In March this year, it received support from Oman and Kuwait.
The center aims to advance AI competencies in an ethical manner, with a legal framework governing the development and deployment of the technology.
according to metaverse post, this initiative aims to strengthen the legal framework governing the AI sector and other technologies. The center is expected to operate with legal, administrative and financial autonomy, with the aim of promoting the development of advanced technologies in Saudi Arabia.
The development comes as PwC predicts that AI will add $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030.It is estimated that adding $136 billion to Saudi Arabia within the same time frame.
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Purpose of the initiative
While AI is recognized as a means to increase business growth, efficiency, and effectiveness, the same technology has received global attention due to its potential harms.
World leaders are busy debating how to regulate the sector in an ethical manner while fostering innovation, ensuring both user privacy and security.
According to Metaverse Post, the center’s objectives include advancing AI ethics and improving technical skills. Additionally, the center aims to raise awareness of AI by developing policies and recommendations and supporting initiatives related to AI and emerging technologies.
The center also promotes AI ethics in line with AI values and principles. UNESCO recommendation About the ethics of AI.
Ethics take center stage
AI stakeholders have expressed concerns about the ethical use of AI. This is due to malicious individuals and organizations abusing this technology to spread deepfakes and misinformation.
Audio and video cloning is one of the misuses of AI that raises ethical concerns, along with child sexual abuse.
AI ethics is also an area of focus for Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year, the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) published guidelines called AI Ethical Principles to support the country’s efforts and efforts to achieve its national strategy on AI adoption.
this AI ethics framework is premised on seven pillars: fairness, privacy and security, humanity, social and environmental benefits, reliability and safety, transparency and explainability, and accountability and responsibility.
These aim to use AI models to build and establish AI ethics, protect privacy, monitor data, and reduce the negative impacts of AI systems.
The framework also aims to help companies adhere to standards and ethics while innovating and developing AI-based solutions.