Global online consultation on ethics of AI to continue until 2021 to produce first draft of Recommendation
07/08/2020 20:30, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The global online consultation on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) will continue until producing the first draft of a Recommendation on the Ethics of AI to be submitted to UNESCO Member States for adoption in November 2021.

"The recommendation will be adopted, once accepted globally.

It will be in the form of an international convention that sets out how to deal with new technologies.

This presents many challenges for society and countries," Director General of innovation and technological development at the Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises Kais Mejri told TAP on the sidelines of an online workshop on Thursday.

Experts participating in this meeting, held at the initiative of the UNESCO office in the Maghreb, recognised the existence of "a danger that threatens the humanity and personal data, if artificial intelligence is exploited in a negative way."

They called to develop an international charter of ethics for artificial intelligence.

Academic Slim Masmoudi expressed fear that artificial intelligence would eliminate social relations and direct communication, noting that society faces a major challenge represented by artificial intelligence.

"AI is a tool created by man and it must remain at the service of humanity, otherwise it will constitute a danger," he said.

The ethics of artificial intelligence "must preserve the psychological and physical health of the human being."

The dialogue reviewed the most important challenges facing countries and societies in the field of education and teaching in relation to artificial intelligence.

This technology represents a negative aspect, as it can fuel racism, or facilitate the dissemination of false information, they pointed out.

Kais Mejri said the years to come will see a great race among the countries to control this technology, which will represent an economic market worth 15.7 trillion dollars.

"This technology can also cause job losses in certain sectors, such as translation which is becoming more and more automated."

At the national level, he stressed that artificial intelligence offers a great opportunity to rebuild an economy based on data, innovation and technology that uses both human intelligence and knowledge.

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