Brad Smith, vice-chair and president of Microsoft USA, speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos Switzerland. (Credit: World Economic Forum/Walter Duerst)

WEF Launches Alliance to Provide Guidance on the Responsible Use of Generative AI

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched an AI Governance Alliance to provide guidance on the responsible design, development, and deployment of artificial intelligence systems.

The AI Governance Alliance, which expands on previously issued recommendations regarding generative AI best practices and will receive support from the organization’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will bring together global stakeholders and “regional voices” in hopes of helping society take advantage of the vast potential offered by AI while “ensuring equitable and sustainable global impacts,” according to the WEF.

Specifically, the WEF says the alliance will have three priorities:

  1. Safe systems and technologies
  2. Sustainable applications and transformation
  3. Resilient governance and regulation

One key alliance stakeholder is Microsoft, whose ownership stake in OpenAI and its revolutionary ChatGPT technology has positioned it at the forefront of the global artificial intelligence conversation.

“As a society, we must be clear-eyed about both the promise and the perils of generative AI and work together to ensure AI is always in service to humanity,” said Brad Smith, vice-chair and president of Microsoft. “The AI Governance Alliance is an important forum to bring together perspectives from around the world, connecting industry, governments, and civil society to better answer how we can govern AI responsibly and do so at the pace of technological change.”

Google, whose Bard technology has been launched as a key rival of ChatGPT, is another main stakeholder highlighted by the World Economic Forum.

“The World Economic Forum AI Governance Alliance will help ensure that AI is developed and used boldly and responsibly,” said Kent Walker, president of global affairs at Google and Alphabet. “We look forward to engaging with governments and civil society to establish 21st century frameworks for 21st century technologies. We’re seeing remarkable technological advances, and we welcome the AI Governance Alliance’s plans to further opportunity, responsibility, and security – working together to build AI that helps everyone.”

Photo: Brad Smith, vice-chair and president of Microsoft USA, speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos Switzerland. (Credit: World Economic Forum/Walter Duerst)

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