Will Access To AI Become A New Human Right?

From agriculture to manufacturing and healthcare, AI-human collaboration is already influencing many industries in a lot of ways. Not since the rise of the internet has a technology threatened to change our world on such a global scale.

Since 2012, the United Nations considers access to the internet as a human right, stating that every individual has the right to freely connect and express themselves on the internet. Their reason being that any governing body that actively denies access to the internet directly restricts a person’s right to freedom of expression. This non-binding resolution reaffirmed that “rights that people have offline must also be protected online”.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff recently said that AI is fast becoming a “new human right” at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. According to Benioff, AI is going to become a service which everyone will need.

Countries and companies alike will be “smarter,” “healthier,” and “richer” if they have AI, whereas those without will be “weaker and poorer, less educated and sicker,” the publication reports. Otherwise, the world will see another tech divide; those with access to AI will be smarter, healthier, and richer, while those without access will be weaker and poorer.

Even with adoption rates of Artificial Intelligence soaring, it is still considered an emerging technology. The internet has been around for decades now with the first website going live in 1991, so it may take AI a few years yet to have a global impact like the internet.

Just as the rise of the internet prompted debates surrounding the ‘Digital Divide’, AI will prompt a similar debate. For example, how evenly distributed access to the technology is depending on economic levels?

There are many other concerns surrounding the ethics of artificial intelligence that must be considered as well. A San Francisco city board member has recently put forward a proposal that will force tech companies to justify the use of surveillance tools. This will limit the use of facial recognition technology — particularly when it comes to law enforcement.

These and many other ethical issues still need tackling. However, according to Amnesty International: AI ethics in human rights is the best way to make AI a positive force in our collective future.

According to Salil Shetty of Amnesty International, this is a future where the enormous power and potential of AI is harnessed for the good of humanity, promoting equality, freedom and justice.

It’s a future where open source AI allows innovators across the world to harness the power of technology, where explainable AI is developed and used, allowing for AI decisions to be interrogated and challenged with a clear legal accountability system to ensure that the rights and responsibilities of users and developers are clear.

So it’s pretty plain to see that AI-human collaboration has a major part to play in reshaping our world. What current or future application do you think can be of the most benefit to humanity?


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