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China Unveils AI Ethics Code

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Artificial intelligence (AI) in China will remain “under meaningful human control” according to the country’s first set of rules which will govern every aspect of the emerging technology from its research to supply and implementation.

The New Generation of Artificial Intelligence Ethics Code is the next step in China’s mission to be the global AI leader by 2030. Drafted and issued by the Chinese government’s AI committee, the rules have been formulated to “deeply implement” its 2017 national AI strategy, which set out to leapfrog the US in AI dominance. The new rules are applicable immediately and cover every organization and business using AI in China.
The plan sets out six fundamental ethics rules that emphasize public interest as well as protecting privacy, security, and ensuring controllability and trustworthiness. Ultimately, it states, humans should retain “full power” of decision-making over AI with rights and safeguards in place to revoke systems at any time. “Ensure… the rights to withdraw from the interaction with AI at any time, and the rights to suspend the operation of AI systems at any time, and ensure that AI is always under meaningful human control,” it states.
On top of the six ethics rules, it also outlines 18 specific requirements that will govern all aspects of AI, from its management, research, and development, to supply, use, and implementation. These include strengthening the evaluation of AI products before they are released and being aware of the potential “negative effects” of products and services. It outlines plans to put in place “emergency mechanisms” and “loss prevention plans” should systems fail, and forbids the use of AI that endangers national security or public safety.
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