DeepMind launches Ethics & Society Unit

DeepMind, Alphabet Group’s company focused on artificial intelligence (AI), has announced the creation of DeepMind Ethics & Society. The new research unit will complement the company’s work, by exploring the real-world impacts of AI and the key ethical challenges facing the field of AI. The unit will have two main objectives: helping technologists put ethics into practice, and helping society anticipate and direct the impact of AI to the benefit of all. Five key principles are to guide the work of the unit: social benefit (developing AI that serves the global social and environmental good), rigorous and evidence-based research (that explores the opportunities and challenges posed by AI), transparent and open, diverse and interdisciplinary, and collaborative and inclusive.