European Commission publishes first draft of ethics guidelines for consultation

The High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, which was appointed by the Commission in June 2018, has released its first draft of its ethics guidelines for the development and use of artificial intelligence.

In the document, the independent group of 52 experts sets out how developers and users can make sure AI respects fundamental rights, applicable regulation and core principles, and how the technology can be made technically robust and reliable.

The draft Ethics Guidelines are now open for comments until 18 January 2019 and discussions are taking place through the European AI Alliance, the EU’s multi-stakeholder platform on AI.

In March 2019, the expert group will present their final guidelines to the Commission, which will analyse them and propose how to take this work forward. The ambition is then to bring Europe’s ethical approach to the global stage. The Commission is opening up co-operation to all non-EU countries that are willing to share the same values. To access the draft guidelines, click here.