7:00 JST, November 9, 2023
The government’s got these 10 principles related to artificial intelligence, you guys. They’re talking about things like “fairness” and “transparency,” in these draft guidelines for companies and organizations involved with AI, according to sources.
So, they unofficially presented these draft guidelines at a meeting of the AI strategy council, an expert panel. But don’t worry, they’re expected to be finalized by the end of the year, following discussions by the council.
Seems like at the end of October, the Group of Seven industrialized nations agreed on international guiding principles for AI and a voluntary code of conduct for AI developers. And now Japan’s guidelines are supposed to put this code into practice domestically.
According to the draft, the guidelines target all those who use AI for business, including public organizations such as ministries and agencies. But, hey, users who do not directly utilize AI in their businesses, as well as data providers, are not covered by the draft guidelines.
So, they got these 10 principles and the first one is all about being “focused on human beings,” man. They want AI-related operators to “respect the dignity of individuals and pay careful attention to potential harm.” And they’re saying “not develop or provide AI for the purpose of wrongfully manipulating human decisions or emotions.”
But wait, there’s more. They’re talking about countering disinformation and making sure AI doesn’t promote discrimination. The “fairness” principle’s all about that “factoring human judgment into its use” to ensure that AI does not promote discrimination.
Another principle’s calling for the operators to provide information about data collection methods, and the “accountability” principle states that the source of data should be “traceable to the extent technically feasible.”
But, hey, they didn’t talk about specific issues like concerns about copyright infringement caused by AI learning. Looks like making these AI guidelines effective may be an issue to tackle, man.
In addition to the 10 common principles, the draft included “documentation of the development process in a form that can be verified by a third party” as a point of caution for AI developers. They’re even talking about a certification system by a third party, according to the observers.
The guidelines also include notes for operators that provide services that incorporate AI, as well as businesses that use AI services.