A new alliance is ensuring responsible global AI, helping improve the lives of billions

03 Mar 2021

The impact.

Ahead of its inaugural gathering, the Global Technology Governance Summit 2021 next month, the World Economic Forum has launched the Global AI Action Alliance (GAIA), a new flagship initiative to accelerate the adoption of inclusive, transparent and trusted artificial intelligence globally.

As the transformative potential of AI has become clearer, so, too, have the risks posed by unsafe or unethical systems. The GAIA brings together over 100 companies, governments, civil society organizations and academic institutions to accelerate the adoption of AI in the global public interest.

Members of the GAIA will work together to identify and implement the best available tools and practices for using AI ethically and maximizing its benefits to all members of society, including groups historically under-represented in the AI ecosystem.

AI holds the potential to deliver enormous benefits to society, but only if it is used responsibly. We are launching the Global AI Action Alliance along with our partners to shape a positive, human-centred future for AI at this decisive moment in its development.

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

What's the challenge?

Artificial intelligence holds the promise of making organizations 40% more efficient by 2035, unlocking an estimated $14 trillion in new economic value, all while dramatically improving the lives of billions. However, it will only achieve its potential if it is used responsibly.

Recent controversies on facial recognition, automated decision-making and COVID-19 tracking have shown that realizing AI’s potential requires strong buy-in from citizens and governments, based on their trust that AI is being built and used ethically.

Many stakeholders are engaging in promising efforts to develop frameworks for making AI trusted, transparent and inclusive. In parallel, a growing number of organizations are accelerating their use of AI across sectors, creating opportunities for AI developers to adopt innovative approaches to building and using AI responsibly.

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Our approach.

The Forum's GAIA, led by its Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Platform, is a multistakeholder collaboration designed to accelerate the development and adoption of such tools globally and across major industry sectors.

A Steering Committee consisting of top global leaders from industry, government, academia and civil society guides the GAIA. The committee is hosted by the Forum and co-chaired by Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO of IBM, and Vilas Dhar, President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a global AI and data philanthropy.

The Alliance is supported in its mission by leading non-profits, academic institutions and industry players committed to driving cutting-edge projects focused on key impact areas and unmet needs. Initial areas of focus include:

• Educating government and industry leaders on AI risks, opportunities and best practices
• Fostering international peer learning between legislators focused on AI
• Driving responsible product design and use within AI-driven organizations
• Developing a certification mark for responsible AI systems
• Identifying and reducing bias in AI systems
• Increasing inclusion in the AI ecosystem and expanding AI’s benefit to underserved groups
• Unlocking access to justice through the application of AI in judicial systems
• Leveraging AI to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals
• Preparing citizens for the AI future and empowering them to help shape it

Let’s envision a future where AI enhances our shared humanity and creates a more sustainable, equitable, and thriving world. This vision is within our reach if we catalyze collective action now. GAIA will lead the way in this global effort by convening a diverse coalition of viewpoints and actors to ensure AI benefits us all.

Vilas Dhar, President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

It is an honour to co-lead the Global AI Action Alliance and to contribute IBM's expertise in AI ethics to accelerate the group's work. I am confident that together we can make the promise and benefits of responsible AI a reality across our society.

Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO of IBM and Co-Chair of the Alliance’s Steering Committee

How can you get involved?

The Global AI Action Alliance is part of the Forum’s Shaping the Future of Technology Governance: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Platform.

There are multiple ways companies can get involved and help scale up the work of the GAIA. They can join the Forum’s Platform and Alliance, participate in or champion a new project, and even provide a Fellow on secondment to the Forum’s AI team to play an integral role in building the Alliance.

Read more about the Alliance, including how to get involved, here.

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