Ethics in Artificial Intelligence


This thread serves to list notable efforts around the world in tackling ethical issues in AI.


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is well-known for the many industry standards that it has helped in creating.

Under the The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, they published a very comprehensive Ethically Aligned Design document. You can download Version 2 - For Public Discussion at here.

A snippet from the document

This document has been created by committees of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, (“The IEEE Global Initiative”) composed of several hundred
participants from six continents, who are thought leaders from academia, industry, civil society, policy and government in the related technical and humanistic disciplines to identify and find consensus on timely issues.

The document’s purpose is to:

  • Advance a public discussion about how we can establish ethical and social implementations for intelligent and autonomous systems and technologies, aligning them to defined values and ethical principles that prioritize human well-being in a given cultural context.
  • Inspire the creation of Standards (IEEE P7000TM series and beyond) and associated certification programs.
  • Facilitate the emergence of national and global policies that align with these principles.


The European Union published their own guidelines, Ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI. You can download the guidelines at here.

Their definition of Trustworthy AI is simple and straightforward.

Trustworthy AI has three components, which should be met throughout the system’s entire life cycle:

  1. it should be lawful, complying with all applicable laws and regulations ;
  2. it should be ethical, ensuring adherence to ethical principles and values; and
  3. it should be robust, both from a technical and social perspective, since, even with good intentions, AI systems can cause unintentional harm.

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