Artificial intelligence and its accompanying terminology – machine learning, neural networks and algorithms – are widely used yet not well understood.
Publicity stunts, like a robot testifying before a British Parliamentary committee or robotic dogs opening doors, further spread confusion since viewers fail to understand what is—and is not—possible with artificial intelligence. To help bring clarity to where AI is today and the outlook for its development in the next five to ten years, the IEC has published a new White Paper.
This White Paper describes the main systems, techniques and algorithms that are in use today and indicates what kinds of problems they typically help to solve. It provides a detailed overview of four areas that are likely to encounter significant developments by deploying AI technologies: homes, manufacturing, transport and energy.
The White Paper recognizes many of the challenges resulting from the deployment of AI technologies. To help remedy some of these challenges, the White Paper makes a number of recommendations to industry and regulators to help address issues such as privacy, security, ethics and safety.
While the current standardization activities are still at the very early stages, the White Paper clearly demonstrates that Standards need to play an essential role in shaping the future of AI and mitigating the many technical and non-technical issues emerging with the deployment of AI across industries.
The White Paper passes the baton to the IEC-ISO joint committee, SC42, the first of its kind international standards committee looking at the full AI ecosystem. Projects already underway cover issues including big data, a foundational framework for AI, trustworthiness and use cases.