From robots deployed in homes, healthcare and assembly plants, to voice controlled personal assistants, and self-driving vehicles, AI technologies are a part of daily life, and continue to be embedded in products and services that were science fiction a few years ago and are transforming people’s lives today.
Addressing societal concerns
Though these technologies bring many benefits, they also raise issues. For instance, trustworthiness, ethics, societal concerns and the quality of data, need to be addressed for digitalization to be successful, whatever the sector.
One way to achieve this is through international standards. IEC and ISO, together develop international standards for information and communication technologies in more than 22 areas, including artificial intelligence.
In an article written for the Regulatory Focus Quarterly of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), Wael William Diab, who Chairs the IEC and ISO committee for AI standardization, explains how the work considers the entire ecosystem. The platform approach taken allows the standards developed to be used with other efforts, such as application domain standards, regulatory and policy requirements, emerging societal concerns and business requirements.
“The ability to provide insights is at the core of the digital transformation and the emerging applications and services powering it. IT systems and technologies, such as AI and big data, are key enablers. The international standards that SC 42 is developing in this area are crucial to removing barriers to adoption while proactively addressing issues such as ethical concerns,” says Diab.
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