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Cabinet Office report: international framework necessary for AI-related ethics

  • January 16, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 15
  • JMH Translation

A Cabinet Office experts panel will issue a report that calls for the necessity to hold discussions for an international framework concerning privacy protection and ethics surrounding the use of artificial intelligence (AI).


Although private companies in the U.S. like IBM are spearheading efforts to develop ethical standards, Japan is aiming to activate government-level discussions in order to play the role of leader in the global community.


 A report will be compiled after the experts’ meeting scheduled for the 20th. The pro-AI ministries, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, will be developing detailed legal revisions based on the polices that will be laid out in this report.


The report will identify challenges broken down into six areas: ethics, law, economy, society, education, and research and development.


Among the legal challenges is, for example, the case of a self-driving vehicle becoming involved in an accident. The report outlines the need to clarify the scope of responsibility and provide necessary insurance.  

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