Defense Innovation Unit publishes responsible AI guidelines

Posted by Luke Fretwell · November 18, 2021

The Defense Innovation Unit published Responsible AI Guidelines to help the Defense Department operationalize ethical principles for artificial intelligence.

“DIU’s RAI Guidelines provide a step-by-step framework for AI companies, DoD stakeholders, and program managers that can help to ensure that AI programs align with the DoD’s Ethical Principles for AI and that fairness, accountability and transparency are considered at each step in the development cycle of an AI system,” said Dr. Jared Dunnmon, technical director of the AI/ML portfolio at DIU.

From the guidelines:

DoD Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence

Responsible. DoD personnel will exercise appropriate levels of judgment and care, while remaining responsible for the development, deployment, and use of AI capabilities.

Equitable. The Department will take deliberate steps to minimize unintended bias in AI capabilities.

Traceable. The Department’s AI capabilities will be developed and deployed such that relevant personnel possess an appropriate understanding of the technology, development processes, and operational methods applicable to AI capabilities, including with transparent and auditable methodologies, data sources, and design procedure and documentation.

Reliable. The Department’s AI capabilities will have explicit, well-defined uses, and the safety, security, and effectiveness of such capabilities will be subject to testing and assurance within those defined uses across their entire life-cycles.

Governable. The Department will design and engineer AI capabilities to fulfill their intended functions while possessing the ability to detect and avoid unintended consequences, and the ability to disengage or deactivate deployed systems that demonstrate unintended behavior.

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