Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming every aspect of our lives. It influences how we work and play. It promises to help solve global challenges like climate change and access to quality medical care. With these enormous benefits come real challenges for governments and citizens alike. 

Learning algorithms already greet us on our digital devices, influence our purchases, govern our news feeds, and will soon drive our cars. What sort of policy and institutional frameworks should guide AI design and use, as autonomous and self-taught machines become part of our everyday lives?

And as it permeates economies and societies, how can we ensure that AI benefits society as a whole?

Such questions are becoming increasingly important to address and we need the global co-operation of all stakeholders.

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The OECD supports governments through policy analysis, dialogue and engagement and identification of best practices. We are putting significant efforts into work on mapping the economic and social impacts of AI technologies and applications and their policy implications. This includes improving the measurement of AI and its impacts, as well as shedding light on important policy issues such as labour market developments and skills for the digital age, privacy, accountability of AI-powered decisions, and the responsibility, security and safety questions that AI generates.

The OECD’s expert group on AI in society has recently identified principles for the responsible stewardship of trustworthy AI and proposed specific recommendations for national policies to implement the principles. We are also planning to launch a policy observatory to ensure the beneficial use of AI in 2019.

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