The public debate around AI has developed rapidly. Apart from the potential benefits of AI, there is a fast growing focus on threats and risks (transparency, privacy, autonomy, cyber security et cetera) requiring a careful approach. Examples from the recent past (smart meters, ov-chipkaart (the smart card for public transport) show that the introduction of IT applications is not insensitive to the debate about legality and ethics. This also applies to the deployment of AI. Mapping and adressing the impact of AI in advance helps to achieve a smooth and responsible introduction of AI in society.
What are the relevant legal and ethical questions for our organisation if we decide to use AI?
The AIIA helps to answer this question and is your guide in finding the right framework of standards and deciding on the relevant trade-offs. The “Artificial Intelligence Code of Conduct” is the starting point for this impact assessment and is an integral part of the AIIA. The code of conduct is attached to this document as annex 1. The code of conduct offers a set of rules and starting points that are generally relevant to the use of AI. As both the concept of “AI” and the field of use are very broad, the code of conduct is a starting point for the development of the right legal and ethical framework that can be used for assessment. The nature of the AI application and the context in which it is used, define to a great extent which trade-offs must be made in a specific case. For instance, AI applications in the medical sector will partly lead to different questions and areas of concern than AI applications in logistics. The AIIA offers concrete steps to help you to understand the relevant legal and ethical standards and considerations when making decisions on the use of AI applications. AIIA also offers a framework to engage in a dialogue with stakeholders in and outside your organisation. This way, the AIIA facilitates the debate about the deployment of AI.
AI Impact Assessment as a helping hand
The AIIA is not intended to measure an organisation’s deployment of AI. Organisations remain responsible for the choices they make regarding the use of AI. Performing the AIIA is not compulsory and it is not another administrative burden. To the contrary; the AIIA is a support in the use of AI. Indeed, responsible deployment of AI reduces the risks and costs, and helps the user and the society to make progress (win-win). The AIIA primarily focuses on organisations who want to deploy AI in their business operations, but it can also be used by developers of AI to test applications. We hope that the AIIA will find its way to practice and that it will constitute an effective contribution to the socially responsible introduction of AI in the society. Prof. dr. Kees Stuurman Chairman ECP Working Group AI Code of Conduct
Daniël Frijters MT member and project advisor ECP
Drs. Jelle Attema Secretary
Mr. dr. Bart W. Schermer Working group member and CKO Considerati