Defense Innovation Board Proposes Five Principles for Ethical Use of AI

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The Defense Innovation Board has recommended five ethical principles with regard to the use of artificial intelligence by the Department of Defense in combat and noncombat operations.

The board said Thursday DoD should ensure that its use of AI platforms is responsible, equitable, traceable, reliable and governable.

When it comes to the principle of governability, the department’s AI systems should be designed to meet its intended function and possess an ability to identify and prevent unintended harm.

C4ISRNET reported the DIB document is the outcome of a 15-month study, which included roundtable discussions and listening sessions with AI experts and collection of public comments.

“We do need to provide clarity to people who will use these systems and we need to provide clarity to the public so they understand how we want the department to use AI in the world as we move forward,” said Michael McQuade, vice president for research at Carnegie Mellon University and a DIB member.

The board also presented 12 recommendations to facilitate the implementation of the proposed ethical principles, including the establishment of a departmentwide AI steering committee, improvement of DoD’s workforce and training programs and investment in AI research.

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