For the past four years, INHR has been convening international dialogues about challenges of AI military systems with retired generals, diplomats and current tech professionals. Our conclusion, after discussion with US, European, Chinese and Indian experts: There is no one-size fits all answer. Bans are impractical, the UN is not suited to regulate, and national law faces limits of jurisdiction and fails to address international competiton between countries and companies. As a result, INHR experts have developed a voluntary Code of Conduct and best practices guide for mitigation of the risks of AI weapons. We offer training on these practical approaches to Responsible AI for companies and countries alike.
In August, INHR co-hosted a Track II AI dialogue at Frederiksberg Castle in Copenhagen, with our sponsors Center for New American Security (CNAS) and the Royal Danish Defence College! We were pleased to meet with multi-domain experts from the U.S., Europe, China and India. The conference was a success, with productive discussion from all members, in-person and online. For more details see here our Model Practices Guide to Test, Evaluation, Validation and Verification (TEVV) of AI-enabled military systems!
At the AAAI-23 conference in Washington DC, Eric Richardson explained for computer scientists and data professionals why diplomacy is important to the future of AI. He provided an overview of UN Human Rights Council resolutions touching on AI and UNESCO's AI Ethics Rrinciples (see blog below). As a human rights NGO, we know how important it is to protect data privacy, fight bias, and ensure that AI is a force for good in human rights. But as technology savvy professionals, we are not afraid of AI and know that AI applications can help to meet these challenges and help to protect other human rights, while also documenting their violation as needed around the globe. Informing international legal and human rights principles with technical considerations and a deeper understanding of AI, we believe is a constructive way forward.
UN regulation of artificial intelligence has been scattershot to date, but we hope that the UN Secretary General's new expert group can help to bring coherence to the international playing field.
When serious discussion of AI governance occurs, INHR is there, including our attendance or presentation at recent events such as:
- the AAAI-23 Conference in Washington DC (Feb 2023)
- the REAIM Conference in the Hague (Feb 2023)
- the Luxembourg LAWS conference (May 2023)
- the UNIDIR Innovations Dialogue (June 2023), and
- the 53rd Human Rights Council discussion of new technologies (June/July 2023).
We host our next trilateral meeting with the Royal Danish Defense University in Copenhagen in August 2023.