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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

Wednesday, January 18, 2017   (0 Comments)

January 18, 2017


Dear Friends,

Early today, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty made an important announcement from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland outlining the foundational principles to guide the AI/cognitive systems IBM develops and brings to the world. As individuals and businesses around the world embrace transformative technologies like Watson, IBM continues to not only create and apply these new innovations, but also to ensure that these new technologies are developed, deployed and adopted in responsible, ethical and enduring ways.

This year, Watson will touch 1 billion people in some way -- transforming everything from healthcare and financial services to transportation, energy, education and retail. In the years ahead, most aspects of work and life as we know it will be influenced by these technologies and it is our continued responsibility to ensure that they are guided by clear and consistent principles across the scientific, business and policy communities.

We believe these principles will help earn trust and confidence in cognitive systems, the insights and recommendations they produce, and ultimately, the impact they will have on the society. As a member of the scientific community, I would encourage you to join in the conversation and share these principles with your colleagues, students and teams.

A link to Ginni's blog announcing the principles can be found here.

If you prefer video, you can tune in to the robust discussion at Davos with Ginni, Satya Nadella, and Joi Ito here.

For more information about IBM's perspective on ethics and AI, please read our white paper: Learning to trust artificial intelligence systems -- Accountability, compliance and ethics in the age of smart machines found here.

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year.