Beijing AI Principles

This is fascinating in light of China’s use of AI for automated racism against the minority Muslim population in Xinjiang:

A group of leading institutes and companies have published a set of ethical standards for AI research and called for cross-border cooperation amid vigorous development of the industry.

The Beijing AI Principles was jointly unveiled Saturday by the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI), Peking University, Tsinghua University, Institute of Automation and Institute of Computing Technology in Chinese Academy of Sciences, and an AI industrial league involving firms like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent.

“The development of AI is a common challenge for all humanity. Only through coordination on a global scale can we build AI that is beneficial to both humanity and nature,” said BAAI director Zeng Yi.

Beijing publishes AI ethical standards, calls for int’l cooperation

The principles themselves are as laudatory and vague as most other frameworks: “Do Good,” “Be Ethical.” They explicitly call out the human rights of privacy, dignity, freedom, and autonomy. It’s difficult to say if this is a sign of internal dissent or strategic positioning given the primarily academic and commercial origin of the framework.