The Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence

The Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence

2018

AI should be subject to scrutiny as it respects privacy and fosters thought. These were among the new norms and values brought upon by artificial intelligence, emphasized Christine Tappolet, a professor of philosophy at the Université de Montréal. They would form part of the “The Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.”

The Forum on the Socially Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, was held in Montreal in November of 2017. There, hundreds of individuals drafted the preamble of a declaration that invited the public to contribute in discussing the issues of responsible artificial intelligence. The preamble outlined the ethical challenges of artificial intelligence by emphasizing well-being, autonomy, justice, privacy, knowledge, democracy and accountability.

Through 2017 and 2018, citizens from backgrounds in cybersecurity, computer science, ethics, and other related disciplines participated in meetings, discussions, and philosophy workshops that included groups such as the Quebec Commission on Ethics in Science and Technology, the Quebec Bar Association, and the City of Montreal.

Finally, the ethicists and technology professionals revealed the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI in December 2018 by the Université de Montréal to recognize artificial intelligence’s moral implications.

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