AI and digital transformation
AI applications are driving digital transformation across a diverse range of industries, including energy, healthcare, smart manufacturing, transport and other strategic sectors that rely on IEC Standards and conformity assessment.
IEC work in the area of artificial intelligence takes a three-pronged approach. IEC experts focus on sector-specific needs (vertical standards) and conformity assessment, while the joint technical committee created with ISO develops generic and foundational standards (horizontal standards).
International standards play an important role in increasing trust in AI and help support public and private decision-making, not least because they are developed by a broad range of stakeholders. This helps to ensure that IEC work strikes the right balance between the desire to deploy artificial intelligence and other new technologies rapidly and the need to study their ethical implications.
To this end, the IEC is also a founding member of the Open Community for Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (OCEANIS). OCEANIS brings together standardization organizations from around the world with the aim of enhancing awareness about the role of standards in facilitating innovation and addressing issues related to ethics and values.
JTC 1/SC 42
IEC and ISO are the first international standards development organizations to set up an expert group to carry out standardization activities for artificial intelligence. SC 42 is part of the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1.
SC 42 considers the entire ecosystem in which AI systems are developed and deployed. It develops horizontal standards that provide a foundation upon which to create AI solutions for diverse industries.
SC 42 works closely with IEC and ISO technical committees, where the focus is on sector-specific vertical standards.
IEC and ISO work on artificial intelligence
by Wael William Diab