The international multi-stakeholder Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) was established in mid-June 2020. With this initiative, 18 countries plus the European Union are pooling the expertise on artificial intelligence (AI) contributed by research, business, and civil society, illuminating it in different disciplines and from different angles.
A total of four working groups held their first meeting in July 2020. The body is comprised of leading independent experts who were nominated by the individual founding members upon the establishment of the GPAI, including nine from Germany. They come from industry, civil society, and science.
The four working groups are addressing topics such as responsible AI, data governance, how we will be working in future, and innovations and commercialisation. One subgroup has been temporarily set up and – against the backdrop of the current COVID-19 crisis – is investigating the use of AI in the context of responding to pandemics.
In addition, four experts from Germany were nominated for the first plenary session, which was held online on 3 and 4 December 2020. The focus of this session was on presenting the four working groups’ findings to date. The experts were able to contribute their own independent perspective to these reports and, in this way, provide valuable feedback.
The “Responsible AI” working group is directing its attention to the ethical use of technology. The members of the working group from Germany are:
- Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School in Berlin
- Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organisation AlgorithmWatch
The “Data Governance” working group is looking at such questions as compliance with data protection requirements in connection with the use of data. The members of the working group from Germany are:
- Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)
- Former Head of Digitalisation and Industrial Value Creation Structures at BDI
- Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
The “How We Will Be Working in the Future” working group is exploring such questions as the impact of AI and human/technology interaction on work. The members of the working group from Germany are:
- Co-Chair of the working group and Executive Director of Fraunhofer IAO
- Deputy Director of IAT at the University of Stuttgart
- Head of the field of research on Human-Technology Interaction at Fraunhofer IAO
- Head of the Digital Working Worlds and Working World Reporting department
- National Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
Among other things, the “Innovation and Commercialisation” working group is observing and analysing technical innovations and their implementation. The members of the working group from Germany are:
- Managing Director at UnternehmerTUM GmbH
- Managing Director at appliedAI initiative
- Managing director at AI.Hamburg
- Member of the Board of Directors of ADI Innovation AG
The temporary “AI and Pandemic Response” subgroup is exploring AI-based solution strategies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The member from Germany is:
- Head of the “Epidemiological Modelling of Infectious Diseases” project group at the Robert Koch Institute
- Professor at the Department of Biology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The members of the plenary session from Germany are:
- Head of the Prototype Fund
- Second Chair of IG Metall
- Professor for Design Research at the Berlin University of The Arts and Head of the Design Research Lab
- Head of the Interactive Textiles research unit at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
- Chair of the Board and founding member of KI Bundesverband (German AI Association)
A list of all the GPAI international experts will be available here shortly.