Facebook announces $7.5m funding into AI ethics center

Facebook to partner with the Technical University of Munich to develop the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence and drive research into safety, privacy, fairness and transparency of AI adoption


Facebook has announced a partnership with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), backed with a $7.5m investment, as it aims to support the development of an AI research center.

The new research center, deemed The Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, will leverage TUM's academic insights, resources and global network to explore AI ethics such as safety, privacy, fairness and transparency.

The institute's leader, TUM Professor Dr. Christoph Lütge, commented: "At the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, we will explore the ethical issues of AI and develop ethical guidelines for the responsible use of the technology in society and the economy."

"Our evidence-based research will address issues that lie at the interface of technology and human values. Core questions arise around trust, privacy, fairness or inclusion; for example, when people leave data traces on the internet or receive certain information by way of algorithms," Lütge noted.

"We will also deal with transparency and accountability; for example, in medical treatment scenarios, or with rights and autonomy in human decision-making in situations of human-AI interaction."

In 2018, the Times Higher Education magazine ranked TUM sixth globally for AI research behind universities such as Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, US.

Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, director of applied machine learning at Facebook, remarked: "The institute is an exciting step forward in our continued commitment to partnering with academic institutions, governments, NGOs, advocacy and industry groups, and others who are working to advance AI in a safe and responsible way."


Image sourced from:Technical University of Munich

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