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3 Scope of the Guidelines A primordial and underlying assumption of this working document is that AI developers, deployers and users comply with fundamental rights and with all applicable regulations. Compliance with these Guidelines in no way replaces compliance with the former, but merely offers a complement thereto. The Guidelines are not an official document from the European Commission and are not legally binding. They are neither intended as a substitute to any form of policy-making or regulation , nor are they intended to deter from the creation thereof. While the Guidelines’ scope covers AI applications in general, it should be borne in mind that different situations raise different challenges . AI systems recommending songs to citizens do not raise the same sensitivities as AI systems recommending a critical medical treatment. Likewise, different opportunities and challenges arise from AI systems used in the context of business-to-consumer, business-to-business or public-to-citizen relationships, or more generally in different sectors or use cases. It is, therefore, explicitly acknowledged that a tailored approach is needed given AI’s context -specificity . B. A F RAMEWORK FOR T RUSTWORTHY AI These draft AI Ethics Guidelines consist of three chapters each offering guidance on a further level of abstraction together constituting a framework for achieving Trustworthy AI : (I) Ethical Purpose . This Chapter focuses on the core values and principles that all those dealing with AI should comply with. These are based on international human rights law, which at EU level is enshrined in the values and rights prescribed in the EU Treaties and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Together, this section can be coined as governing the ethical purpose of developers, deployers and users of AI, which should consist of respect for the rights, principles and values laid out therein. In addition, a number of areas of specific concern are listed, where it is considered that the use of AI may breach such ethical purpose. (II) Realisation of Trustworthy AI . Mere good intentions are not enough. It is important that AI developers, deployers and users also take actions and responsibility to actually implement these principles and values into the technology and its use. Moreover, they should take precautions that the systems are as robust as possible from a technical point of view, to ensure that even if the ethical purpose is respected AI does not cause unintentional harm. Chapter II therefore identifies the requirements for Trustworthy AI and offers guidance on the potential methods both technical and non-technical that can be used to realise it.
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  • Fall '15
  • Pleasants
  • Ethics , AI systems

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