Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Cultural Cooperation in AI Ethics and Governance

A research paper has been published by a group of academics in a call for deeper global cooperation and understanding in AI.

The research is the result of cooperation among Seán S. ÓhÉigeartaigh, Jess Whittlestone, Yang Liu, Yi Zeng and Zhe Liu. While the researchers represent distinct universities, they are driven by the same pursuit – encouraging more development of AI ethics and governance. The paper focuses on the need for collaboration:

Achieving the global benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) will require international cooperation on many areas of governance and ethical standards, while allowing for diverse cultural perspectives and priorities.

The paper is very helpful in highlighting the existing barriers to cooperation between Europe and North America on the one hand and East Asia on the other, as regions which currently have an outsized impact on the development of AI ethics and governance. It also proposes that we can still achieve cooperation despite differences when it comes to principles of AI by focussing on practical issues. Several recommendations relating to these practical steps are suggested in the paper. The academics concluded that:

The full benefits of AI cannot be realized across global societies without a deep level of cooperation—across domains, disciplines, nations, and cultures.

The research paper is available here.