When the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society decides to devote an entire issue to ‘Governing artificial intelligence: ethical, legal, and technical opportunities and challenges’, one can be sure that a. the topic is important, and b. the discussion will be of the highest quality. One is not disappointed by the November 2018 issue, edited by Corinne Cath et al.
I am still wading through the issue and will visit a few articles when I get time. Meanwhile, the one article that is relevant and interesting in this issue is on ‘Artificial intelligence policy in India: a framework for engaging the limits of data-driven decision-making’ by Vidushi Marda. Her affiliation is listed as a Lawyer and Digital Programme Officer at ARTICLE 19 and a research analyst at Carnegie India. The article focuses on potential limitations and risks that arise from data-driven decisions in general, and in the Indian context in particular. She rightly argues that “AI applications operate in societies that are chaotic, biased, unequal and steeped in historical discrimination and disparity”. Treating such issues as purely statistical or programming artifacts wouldn’t be enough and social/ethical dimensions must be considered in the process of building AI systems and policy. The author also argues forcefully that India is an important jurisdiction to consider for a number of reasons for discussions related to AI policy and governance. Overall, the article is well articulated and very relevant.
- Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 15 November 2018 Volume 376 Issue 2133