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Fenwick's Stuart Meyer Co-Authors New ITechLaw Book on Responsible Artificial Intelligence

Publication Launches Global Public Comment Period on First-Version Principles for Responsible Artificial Intelligence

May 23, 2019

Fenwick intellectual property partner Stuart Meyer has co-authored a new book, Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework, which provides an in-depth review and proposes guidelines to encourage the responsible development, deployment and use of artificial intelligence.

Published by the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), the book represents a year-long collaboration between Meyer and a multi-disciplinary team of 53 other technology law experts, researchers and industry representatives from 16 countries. The team developed a detailed, actionable framework of eight core principles related to responsible AI.

Meyer researched and proposed solutions focused on safety and reliability, covering the morality of AI in critical situations, allocation of risk and social harm, preventative and mitigation measures, autonomous vehicles, robotic surgery in healthcare, AI in manufacturing, and government regulation on safety and reliability.

In addition to safety and reliability, the book explores and offers practical advice regarding other critical AI considerations including ethical purpose and societal benefit, accountability, transparency and explainability, fairness and non-discrimination, open data and fair competition, privacy and AI rights, and intellectual property.

The framework’s recommendations include the following:

  • Ground the responsible AI framework in the human-centric principle of “accountability” that makes organizations developing, deploying or using AI systems accountable for harm caused by AI;
  • Deny “legal personality” to AI systems;
  • Promote a context-sensitive framework for transparency and explainability;
  • Elaborate the notion of elegant failure, as well as revisiting the “tragic choices” dilemma;
  • Support open-data practices that help encourage AI innovation while ensuring reasonable and fair privacy, consent and competitiveness; and
  • Encourage responsible AI by design. 

ITechLaw, Meyer and the authors invite all stakeholders — industry representatives, policy-makers, researchers and the general public – to read the publication and its accompanying draft policy framework and then submit feedback at www.itechlaw.org/ResponsibleAI by September 15, 2019. Comments may also be emailed to ResponsibleAI@itechlaw.org.

Download the principles or the framework to learn more. Find the full electronic version of the Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework at www.ITechLaw.org/ResponsibleAI.​​​​​