Press release on the establishment of the Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee at the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO
On February 27, a constituent meeting of the Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee at the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO was held at the Foreign Ministry. The goal of this open-ended advisory body is to coordinate Russia’s position in the development of a global code of ethics for the use of artificial intelligence underway at UNESCO.
The Committee includes representatives of the concerned Russian ministries and agencies, prominent researchers and experts in the field of digital technology, as well as the heads of educational establishments and commercial organisations, including those that contributed to the drafting of the National Strategy for Development of Artificial Intelligence for the period until 2030. The Committee will be chaired by Alexander Kuleshov, President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The post of executive secretary has been given to Maxim Fyodorov, Director of the Skoltech Centre for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE), who by the decision of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, has been recently added to the UNESCO expert working group drafting guidelines on the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence.
The participants in the constituent meeting of the AI Ethics Committee agreed that the exponential development of artificial intelligence, especially computer assisted learning, the growing use of AI technology in everyday life and the related risk of its malicious use, call for serious consideration at the national and international levels. Therefore, the Committee will focus on promoting Russian approaches to AI ethics at UNESCO and on related public awareness activities in Russia and abroad.