UNESCO urged all countries to implement “without delay” the Global Ethical Framework on Artificial Intelligence

File photo of the director general of Unesco, Audrey Azoulay (REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis) (ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS /)

Unesco asked this Thursday to the countries that apply the Global Ethical Framework on artificial intelligence “without delay”unanimously adopted in 2021 by the body’s 193 member states.

This petition comes a day after more than a thousand scientists and technology experts called for a pause in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

“The world needs higher ethical standards for artificial intelligence: this is the great challenge of our time. The UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI establishes the appropriate regulatory framework,” Audrey Azoulay, director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), said in a statement.

“It is time to apply the strategies and regulations at the national level. We have to lead by example,” she urged.

The framework, approved by the UNESCO General Assembly in November 2021, seeks “guarantee the transparency and accessibility” of the algorithms on which these technologies are based.

Reference image of a ChatGPT screen, one of the most popular AIs
Reference image of a ChatGPT screen, one of the most popular AIs (Gabby Jones/)

In the statement, UNESCO warns that it is concerned about many of the ethical issues raised by these innovations, in particular discrimination and stereotypesincluding the issue of gender inequality, but also the fight against misinformationthe right to privacy, the protection of personal data and human and environmental rights.

UNESCO’s objective is to make the most of AI, which offers very useful tools for development, without escaping human control.

Unesco points out that the Recommendation provides the tools to ensure that AI developments comply with the rule of law, avoiding damage and ensuring that when damage occurs, the accountability and redress mechanisms are available to those affected.

So far, more than forty countries from all regions of the world are already collaborating with Unesco to develop AI checks and balances at the national level, based on the recommendation.

However, with the rise of AI tools such as ChatGPT In recent months and yesterday’s call from experts, Unesco has urged countries around the world to take action to ensure from the legal framework that the expansion of this technology is not done at the expense of citizens.

(With information from EFE)

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