You are here

US business welcomes European Guidelines on Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

8 Apr 2019
Digital Economy

The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) welcomes the ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence (hereafter 'the Guidelines') published today by the independent High-level Expert Group (HLEG) on Artificial Intelligence set up by the European Commission. 

The Guidelines address the important topic of ethics through an inclusive and multi-disciplinary approach. We believe the HLEG on AI has been successful in their objective to issue guidelines on ethics in AI that are actionable, proportionate and encourage companies to adopt a responsible and ethical approach to the technology. The Guidelines help to alleviate concerns around AI by guiding its development and deployment with ethical principles and a holistic AI framework that includes high-level principles, best practices and voluntary market and industry-driven standards. 

We believe that Europe is uniquely placed for the development of AI and that the Guidelines can be used to foster a reflection and discussion on the use of technology at a global level. Moreover, we appreciate that the concerns industry raised during the public consultation have been addressed in the final Guidelines, with the key requirements for trustworthy AI (Chapter II) now being operationalised with an 'AI assessment list' (Chapter III) submitted to a piloting process. 

We share the view that the issue of AI ethics requires regular discussion and iteration, and we stand ready to monitor the testing of the guidelines. Furthermore, we look forward to continuing to work with the Commission and HLEG on the other deliverables, including the recommendations on the policy and investment framework for AI.