Facebook is backing an AI ethics institute at the Technical University of Munich with $7.5 million.
The TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, which was announced on Sunday, will aim to explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI, Facebook said.
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“We will explore the ethical issues of AI and develop ethical guidelines for the responsible use of the technology in society and the economy. Our evidence-based research will address issues that lie at the interface of technology and human values,” said TUM Professor Dr. Christoph Lütge, who will lead the institute.
“Core questions arise around trust, privacy, fairness or inclusion, for example, when people leave data traces on the internet or receive certain information by way of algorithms. We will also deal with transparency and accountability, for example in medical treatment scenarios, or with rights and autonomy in human decision-making in situations of human-AI interaction.”
Last year, TUM was ranked 6th in the world for AI research by the Times Higher Education magazine behind universities like Carnegie Mellon University in the USA and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Facebook’s funding will be given to the university over a five-year period. While Facebook is providing the initial funding, the institute will look for other funding opportunities from additional partners and agencies.
Date: January 23, 2019