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"Designing AI for Social Good: Seven Essential Factors"

by Cowls, Josh; King, Thomas; Taddeo, Mariarosaria; Floridi, Luciano (2019)


The idea of Artificial Intelligence for Social Good (henceforth AI4SG) is gaining traction within information societies in general and the AI community in particular. It has the potential to address social problems effectively through the development of AI-based solutions. Yet, to date, there is only limited understanding of what makes AI socially good in theory, what counts as AI4SG in practice, and how to reproduce its initial successes in terms of policies (Cath et al. 2018). This article addresses this gap by extrapolating seven ethical factors that are essential for future AI4SG initiatives from the analysis of 27 case studies of AI4SG projects. Some of these factors are almost entirely novel to AI, while the significance of other factors is heightened by the use of AI. From each of these factors, corresponding best practices are formulated which, subject to context and balance, may serve as preliminary guidelines to ensure that well-designed AI is more likely to serve the social good.


Ai4Sg, Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, Social Good, Sustainable Development Goals, Privacy, Safety


Robots, Politics of AI, Floridi, Ethics of AI, Automation

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