Global AI Action Alliance

The Mission

To harness the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) by accelerating the adoption of trusted, transparent and inclusive AI systems globally.

The Challenge

AI is the engine of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is a general-purpose technology that is rapidly transforming industries and has the potential to reshape billions of lives worldwide.

As the transformative potential of AI has become clearer, so, too, have the risks posed by unsafe or unethical AI systems. Recent controversies on facial recognition, automated decision-making and COVID-related tracking have shown that realizing AI’s full potential requires strong buy-in from citizens and governments, based on their trust that AI is being built and used ethically.

The path forward is now clear. Trusted, transparent and inclusive use of AI is not only the right thing to do but also is a critical success factor for institutions – business, governments or otherwise – using AI, whether they are designing it, deploying it, or embedding it into their products. Only AI systems that are trusted, transparent and inclusive will achieve long-term benefits for these institutions and society at large.

Recognizing this, actors across industry, government and civil society have rolled out an expanding array of ethical principles to guide the development and use of AI – over 175 to date. While the explosive growth in AI ethics guidelines is welcome, it has created an implementation gap – it is easier to define the ethical standards a system should meet than to design and deploy a system to meet them. It has also created learning gaps, with activities happening in silos and few mechanisms in place to drive global collaboration and rapid scaling of proven tools and practices. Furthermore, in today’s world where consensus is becoming harder to achieve, there needs to be a focus on interoperability.

The Opportunity

Many companies, governments, academics and civil society groups are engaging in promising efforts to develop tools and frameworks for making AI trusted, transparent and inclusive. In parallel, a growing number of organizations are accelerating their use of AI across key sectors, generating valuable real-world inputs to governance processes and creating live opportunities for AI developers and users to adopt innovative new approaches to building and using AI in a trusted, transparent and inclusive manner.

The World Economic Forum Global AI Action Alliance is a global community and action accelerator that brings the world’s foremost AI developers and users together to:

·        Accelerate the adoption of trusted, transparent and inclusive AI globally and across sectors

·        Create a feedback loop of real-time learning and scaling across key sectors and challenge areas

·        Catalyse and incubate new partnerships and initiatives to address urgent gaps and needs

The alliance builds on the Forum’s global multistakeholder community of leading businesses, governments and civil society organizations engaging actively with AI, and over three years of successful efforts to create interoperable governance protocols for the development and use of AI technologies. The alliance collaborates closely with the Forum’s Industry Action Groups and its Data for Common Purpose Initiative (DCPI) to ensure that AI governance reflects best practices in data governance and is interoperable globally and across industry sectors.

How Partners Can Engage

Participating organizations support the alliance through an institutional commitment to its mission as well as active participation in one or more working groups. These member-driven communities of action focus on priority governance topics, collaborating in real-time to:

1.      Aggregate the most relevant tools and practices for addressing key governance challenges

2.      Accelerate their adoption at scale across priority sectors and geographies

3.      Drive real-time learning and rapid scaling of proven tools and approaches

4.      Catalyse collective action to address key governance gaps and create global interoperability

Next Steps:

Join the Global AI Action Alliance: Participating organizations join the alliance by committing to its mission institutionally and participating actively in its global efforts

Participate in a project: Members designate one or more executives to contribute actively to the alliance’s projects on behalf of their organization and in line with their institutional priorities

Champion a project: Members lead in developing a new project, working with co-champions to set objectives, engage participants, and accelerate action

Fellow: Members nominate a qualified individual to provide on secondment to the World Economic Forum’s AI team, where they play an integral role in building the alliance and driving action

If you are interested in engaging in GAIA, please fill up a short form here or scan the QR code below:

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