AI challenges discussed at UN event co-hosted by Slovenia
New York, 29 October - Slovenian mission to the UN, the Council of Europe (CoE) and UNESCO hosted an event discussing the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) at the UN headquarters in New York last night. In just over a fortnight, UNESCO is expected to approve Slovenia's plan to launch an AI research centre under its auspices.
Dubbed Artificial Intelligence: Technology to Serve Humankind, Setting Legal Standards, the debate drew a number of participants and listeners. Many shared the view that AI offered a number of advantages but also many risks.
Moderated by Justice Ministry State Secretary Gregor Strojin, the debate focused on legal and ethical issues of existing and future use of AI.
These raise issues that need to be addressed, such as those related to fairness, tolerance, stereotypes and discrimination, as well as challenges related to privacy, security and control.
Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond , special advisor to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, talked about AI in relation to human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Director of CoE Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate director Jan Kleijssen underlined that a legal framework is needed, while UNESCO representative at UN Marie Paul Roudil said that ethical principles in this respect do not yet exist.
The debate also heard Bath University professor Joanna Bryson, who explained the concept of AI and its definition, while Moira Patterson of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association talked about technical design standards, development and installation of AI.
Marko Grobelnik of the Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia's top research institute, which is also to host the country's UNESCO International Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI), talked about AI certification.
Slovenia's Ambassador to the UN Darja Bavdaž Kuret said in conclusion that Slovenia would remain at the forefront of discussions on AI.