Deputy Secretary of Defense Defines AI Ethical Principles

May 28, 2021

Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Kathleen Hicks, released a memo regarding Implementing Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Defense. In it, she writes:

The DoD AI Ethical Principles are:

1. Responsible: DoD personnel will exercise appropriate levels of judgment and care, while remaining responsible for the development, deployment, and use of AI capabilities.

2. Equitable:The Department will take deliberate steps to minimize unintended bias in AI capabilities.

3. Traceable: The Department’ s AI capabilities will be developed and deployed such that relevant personnel possess an appropriate understanding of technology, development processes, and operational methods applicable to AI capabilities, including transparent and auditable methodologies, data sources, and design procedure and documentation.

4. Reliable: The Department’s AI capabilities will have explicit, well-defined uses, and the safety, security, and effectiveness of such capabilities will be subject to testing and assurance within those defined uses across Al capabilities’ entire life-cycle.

5. Governable: The Department will design and engineer AI capabilities to fulfill their intended functions while possessing the ability to detect and avoid unintended consequences, and the ability to disengage or deactivate deployed systems that demonstrate unintended behavior.

To read the guidance: Implementing Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Defense


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