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Pentagon Works on Guidance for AI Ethical Principles Implementation; Jane Pinelis Quoted

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The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) plans to come up in the next six months a document that will serve as a guide for the implementation of five ethical principles in the use of AI, FedScoop reported Friday. A small team within JAIC is now working on pilot programs focused on ethics training.

Alka Patel, head of AI ethics policy at JAIC, told the publication she intends to make “ethics a natural part of the way we all think” and believes testing and evaluation could be one of the approaches DoD could use to advance the ethical application of AI.

“We have tried to build ethics into every piece of the test and evaluation process,” said Jane Pinelis, head of testing and evaluation at JAIC.

The report said the center’s testing strategy has several angles, including the assessment of AI against preset requirements and analysis of direct operational testing and human-machine relationship.