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Newly launched “Global Partnership on AI” commencing work

The newly formed Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) initiative brings together leading international experts with the aim of promoting the responsible and human-centric development and utilisation of AI all around the world.

In mid-June, the international multi-stakeholder Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) was established. In this initiative, 15 countries plus the European Union are pooling the expertise on artificial intelligence (AI) contributed by research, business and civil society, illuminating it in different disciplines and from different angles.

A total of four working groups are holding preliminary meetings in July 2020. The members of the body are composed of executive and independent experts who were nominated by the individual founding members upon the establishment of the GPAI, including nine from Germany. They come from industry, civil society and science. Together, they want to observe, analyse and assess current trends and innovations as well as their impact. The aim is to broaden knowledge of AI applications and systems through research, project work and experiments and to develop a common language and understanding of AI at an international level. In this way, the governments of the member states will gain insights helping them to actively shape and guide the digital transformation.

Four working groups are addressing topics such as responsible AI, data governance, the future of work, and innovation and commercialisation. One sub-working group has been set up and – against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis – will be investigating the use of AI in responding to pandemics.

Two centres of excellence will be assisting the working groups in terms of administration, organisation, communication and research. They are based in Paris and Montreal.

Germany has nominated nine experts for the GPAI. They will be working for the GPAI in an honorary capacity and contributing their expertise on an independent basis.

The “Responsible AI” working group will be devoting itself to the ethical use of technology. The members of the working group from Germany are:

Prof. Joanna Bryson, PhD

  • Professor of ethics and technology at the Hertie School in Berlin

Matthias Spielkamp

  • Co-founder and managing director of the non-profit organisation Algorithm Watch

The “Data Governance” working group will be looking at such questions as compliance with data protection requirements in connection with the handling of data. The members of the working group from Germany are:

Iris Plöger

  • Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)
  • Formerly head of the division Digitalisation and Industrial Value Chains at BDI

Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, LL.M. (UC Berkeley)

  • Managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

The “Future of Work” working group is exploring such questions as the impact of AI and human/technology interaction on work. The members of the working group from Germany are:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. e. h. Wilhelm Bauer

  • Co-chair of the working group and executive director of Fraunhofer IAO
  • Director of the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management IAT at the University of Stuttgart

Oliver Suchy

  • Head of Digital Worlds of Work and Working World Reporting
  • National Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)

Among other things, the “Innovation & Commercialisation” working group is observing and analysing technical innovations and their implementation. The members of the working group from Germany are:

Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Liebl

  • Managing director of UnternehmerTUM GmbH
  • Managing director of appliedAI Initiative

Ingo Hoffmann

  • Managing director of AI.Hamburg
  • Member of the Board of Directors of ADI Innovation AG

The temporary “AI and Pandemic Response” sub-working group is exploring AI-based responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The member from Germany is:

Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann

  • Head of the “Epidemiological Modelling of Infectious Diseases” project group at the Robert Koch Institute
  • Professor at the Institute of Biology at Humboldt University of Berlin

The first plenary session of all experts is scheduled for December 2020 and is expected to take place in Montreal. At this session, the members will be presenting their annual reports and the preliminary results from the working groups and subsequently submitting them to the member states.

A list of all the GPAI international experts will be available here in the near future.

Published at 07/10/2020 on the topic: AI Observatory

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