At this month’s Inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum, MKAI enquires about top-down governance for safe, responsible, and ethical artificial intelligence. Specifically, we ask three questions: Is the licensing of artificial intelligence – Practical? Critical? Political?
By licensing, MKAI refers to the concept of a ‘social license’, where an organization works openly with communities impacted by its actions to obtain their trust and acceptance.
Our objective is to establish the drivers and opportunities, and to note the consequences of creating ‘social licenses’ for artificial intelligence.
Why does artificial intelligence need a social license?
Responsible AI is not enough. Responsible AI can help companies develop AI technologies that keep in mind both the greater good and long-term consequences; it can prompt businesses to go beyond algorithmic fairness and bias to identify potential effects on safety and privacy.
Responsible AI can too often be a purely technology-based approach, focused on promoting algorithmic fairness and spotting biases. In the absence of formal regulations, each organization creates its own principles, which naturally vary from company to company and even within organizations. These variances in responsible and ethical AI guidelines and principles proposed by different organizations have further compounded the issue. MKAI states that being responsible and trustworthy are not necessarily related and are distinct from each other. Responsibility may foster trust, but it can never be a substitute for it.
So, prior to a business deploying AI applications at scale, we ask if it must adopt a human-focused approach that nurtures trust across all stakeholders — employees, executives, suppliers, shareholders, communities, civil society, and government. This process will be the basis of a ‘social license’ for all organizations deploying AI.
Our intended outcome is to give attendees a more complete understanding of what it will take for organizations to gain stakeholders’ trust in AI. We will explain concepts such as:
MKAI events are inclusive. Our expert speakers are carefully selected for their ability to make the subject approachable and understandable. MKAI aims to help all people improve their AI-fluency and understanding of this domain. This forum is especially relevant for policymakers, Governmental leaders and corporate decision-makers.