US DoD announces adoption of AI ethical principles

25 February 2020 (Last Updated February 25th, 2020 15:10)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) ethical principles.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) ethical principles.

AI ethical principles will cover the five major areas of responsibility, equitability, traceability, reliability and governability. These principles will be enforced on both combat and non-combat army functions.

The principles have been embraced following recommendations by the Defence Innovation Board in October last year.

Recommendations were provided after 15 months of constant feedback and analysis among AI experts with stakeholders in commercial government, academia, industry, and the American public.

Efforts to develop advanced trustworthy AI technologies are due to the launch of the American AI Initiative last year.

The initiative encourages the use of AI while protecting privacy, civilian liberties and values.

The US DoD’s AI ethical principles’ framework has been formed based on the US Constitution, Title 10 of the US Code, Law of War.

To ensure the responsible use of technology, the framework principles address the new ethical ambiguities, risks and challenges created with AI use.

Implementation of AI ethical principles for the department will be coordinated by the DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said: “The US, together with our allies and partners, must accelerate the adoption of AI and lead in its national security applications to maintain our strategic position, prevail on future battlefields, and safeguard the rules-based international order.

“The adoption of AI ethical principles will enhance the department’s commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards as outlined in the DoD AI Strategy while embracing the US Military’s strong history of applying rigorous testing and fielding standards for technology innovations.”