Canada, France plan global panel to size up AI threats

Dec 10, 2018, 7:22 AM EST
(Source: Satoru Fujiwara/flickr)
(Source: Satoru Fujiwara/flickr)

Last week at the G7 nations’ meeting in Montreal, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi announced a plan for a global panel, comprising of AI engineers and other scientists, to assess the potential threats posed by artificial intelligence and design appropriate policies.

The International Panel on Artificial Intelligence, which Mahjoubi said would invite all nations to join including China, would primarily focus on establishing a set of common standards and norms for AI ethics and autonomous weapons, reports Wired.

The U.S. and China are far ahead of Canada and France in financial capabilities but the latter two have already launched national AI plans and produced leading researchers in the field’s most successful trend, deep learning, writes MIT Technology Review.