Wednesday, June 30, 2021

In an op-ed published in the Toronto Star, June 25, the president and CEO of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Garth Gibson, Professor of Law and Strategic Management, Gillian Hadfield, director at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society at U of T, and Ron Bodkin, VP of AI engineering and CIO at the Vector Institute, write that oversight of government use of AI will be crucial to ensuring those systems benefit, and don’t harm, the public. They write: 

Recently, the Ontario government solicited public input on what an “accountable, safe and rights-based” framework for its use of AI should look like. We shared our view that the province has a chance to set a new standard that can safely deliver benefits to Ontario’s public if its approach recognizes AI’s novelty, complexity and rapid evolution. It should also acknowledge that AI’s impacts, positive and negative, are still largely undetermined. And it should avoid aspects of other high-profile AI governance efforts underway — most notably in the EU — that seem to be missteps. 

Read the full op-ed in the Toronto Star