Voluntary safety commitments provide an escape from over-regulation in AI development

04/08/2021
by   The Anh Han, et al.
0

With the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies in our daily lives, fear and anxiety about their misuse as well as the hidden biases in their creation have led to a demand for regulation to address such issues. Yet blindly regulating an innovation process that is not well understood, may stifle this process and reduce benefits that society may gain from the generated technology, even under the best intentions. In this paper, starting from a baseline model that captures the fundamental dynamics of a race for domain supremacy using AI technology, we demonstrate how socially unwanted outcomes may be produced when sanctioning is applied unconditionally to risk-taking, i.e. potentially unsafe, behaviours. As an alternative to resolve the detrimental effect of over-regulation, we propose a voluntary commitment approach wherein technologists have the freedom of choice between independently pursuing their course of actions or establishing binding agreements to act safely, with sanctioning of those that do not abide to what they pledged. Overall, this work reveals for the first time how voluntary commitments, with sanctions either by peers or an institution, leads to socially beneficial outcomes in all scenarios envisageable in a short-term race towards domain supremacy through AI technology. These results are directly relevant for the design of governance and regulatory policies that aim to ensure an ethical and responsible AI technology development process.

READ FULL TEXT
POST COMMENT

Comments

There are no comments yet.

Authors

page 5

page 16

page 20

page 27

10/01/2020

Mediating Artificial Intelligence Developments through Negative and Positive Incentives

The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going through a period of g...
07/26/2019

Modelling the Safety and Surveillance of the AI Race

Innovation, creativity, and competition are some of the fundamental unde...
12/30/2020

AI Development Race Can Be Mediated on Heterogeneous Networks

The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been introducing a certain...
01/09/2021

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Social, Economic and Ethical Consequences

Recent development in AI has enabled the expansion of its application to...
10/26/2020

Biases in Generative Art—A Causal Look from the Lens of Art History

With rapid progress in artificial intelligence (AI), popularity of gener...
This week in AI

Get the week's most popular data science and artificial intelligence research sent straight to your inbox every Saturday.