The digital transformation is fuelling the 4th industrial revolution and redefining how businesses and industries work. Transformative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data are enabling the transformation across industries.
From agriculture, and energy management, to healthcare, smart manufacturing and intelligent transport systems, stakeholders around the world are interested in AI and looking to standardization to accelerate its adoption and digital transformation.
The IEC and ISO joint technical committee on artificial intelligence, (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42), was established in 2017, to develop international standards for areas including foundational AI standards, Big Data, AI trustworthiness, use cases, applications, governance implications of AI, computational approaches of AI, ethical and societal concerns.
“We take a unique approach by looking at the entire AI ecosystem,” said Wael William Diab, Chair of SC 42. “AI has the potential to change how we live, work and play for generations to come.
“As we continue to expand our work programme it’s important that we address both the technical challenges as well as the ethical, societal concerns and trustworthiness aspects of the technology. Addressing these technological perspectives from the start by bringing in as numerous and diverse stakeholder views, will enable broad adoption.”
During its recent 3rd plenary meeting in Dublin, first plenary in Europe, hosted by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), a number of projects were advanced and 28 resolutions were taken, including:
- Approval of a new project to develop an overview of ethics and societal concerns in the area of artificial intelligence
- Formation of a new Working Group (SC 42/WG 5) – Computational approaches and computational characteristics of AI systems and an associated project to provide an overview in this area
- Approval to issue a ballot for a new project in the area of AI – Process management for big-data analytics
- Establishment of a number of ad hoc groups at the committee and WG levels to examine new work areas and enhance collaboration with other committees
- Approval of a host of liaisons including with IEC TC 65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation, and two external with the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and Consumers International
- First face to face meeting of the SC 42-SC 40 join working group developing a standard on the governance implications of the use of AI by organizations
- SC 42/WG 1 settled on an initial definition for AI having looked at five different proposals
To date, SC 42 has published three international standards for big data covering overview and vocabulary, reference architecture – use cases and derived requirements, and reference architecture – standards roadmap. SC 42 now has 12 open projects and 36 participating countries. During the recent Dublin plenary, 150 delegates attended.
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