As of 15 June 2020 18 states* and the European Commission are pooling their expertise in the field of AI in the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). This new body will enable leading global AI experts to collate and evaluate the latest technological developments and advise governments of member states accordingly. The Federal Government’s involvement in the GPAI is being organised by the German AI Observatory and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
A partnership for global standards in AI
The GPAI will observe developments in artificial intelligence worldwide, with a view to establishing the foundation for global quality standards for a people-centred form of AI. The Partnership aims to contribute technological expertise to the global discourse and initiate projects that promote the mutual transfer of knowledge relating to AI, thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice in this field.
Coordination within the Partnership is handled by the OECD Secretariat. There are four GPAI working groups addressing the following topics: 1) responsible AI; 2) data handling; 3) the future of work and 4) innovation & commercialisation. The activities of these individual working groups are backed by expertise from two centres of excellence, one in Montreal and the other in Paris.
An initial inaugural meeting of the working groups will take place in July 2020. The Partnership will start by looking at how AI applications can help during the coronavirus pandemic, both with research and in terms of tracking chains of infection.
The GPAI is a key pillar in the ongoing international networking of the German AI Observatory. It builds directly on the fundamental principles and values for the use of AI agreed jointly by the OECD and the G20 and draws on the research activities undertaken by the OECD in its own AI Observatory.
* The Global Partnership has 15 founding members in all: the seven G7 countries – Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, the USA and Germany – plus Australia, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea and the European Commission. In december 2020 the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and Brazil were added to the GPAI.