DRC: experts reflect on the implementation of the UNESCO recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence

The Congolese Minister of Human Rights, Fabrice Puela, proceeded, on Thursday, December 15, 2022, to the opening of the forum to launch the implementation in the Democratic Republic of Congo of the UNESCO recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI).

According to the representative of UNESCO, Isaias Barreto da Rosa, it is a question during this forum of presenting and discussing the main lines of this recommendation, to talk about the tools for implementation and the role of the national committee which will be set up. to support the process of implementing the recommendation. It is also an opportunity to analyze the state of play, the challenges and prospects of Artificial Intelligence in the DRC; understand the DRC’s digital transformation program (PTN-RDC); and to analyze the stakes and challenges of the artificial intelligence industry in Congo.

In addition, Isaias Barreto da Rosa maintained that “the implementation, in the DRC, of ​​the UNESCO recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence, will contribute to the country being able to ensure long-term sustainable political development. term, in the field of artificial intelligence technologies. »

According to him, this work can also help attract investments related to the development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies thanks to a legal framework guaranteeing compliance with the recommendation.

For his part, the Congolese Minister of Human Rights, Frabrice Puela, considered that innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, at the heart of these discussions, can render great services to humanity but also raise ethical concerns of background, for example, to inequalities, discrimination or digital divides likely to accentuate or lead to.

“So it is not enough to just resort to it but also important that we put in place mechanisms and instruments for the protection of human dignity and human rights, gender equality, social and economic justice , physical and mental well-being and the protection of ecosystems through the responsible use of innovative technologies. “, he underlined.

For his part, the Congolese Minister of Digital, Eberande Kolongele, reminded the assembly that innovative techniques require a lot of effort for rational adaptation. And the DRC needs to reap the benefits of these technologies while protecting its people from the disastrous effects, he said.

It is in this context that he invited the parties concerned to individually take ownership of the recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence with a view to preventing these effects.

It should be noted that the global Artificial Intelligence market is currently valued at 136 billion US dollars.

By 2030, this market is expected to grow more than 13 times.

Today, 83% of companies worldwide say artificial intelligence (AI) is a top priority in their business plans. The benefits and potential of artificial intelligence are enormous.

In 2025, 97 million people will work in this field worldwide.

Artificial intelligence is therefore present in the lives of billions of people today.

Despite its multiple benefits, these technologies also present significant challenges and risks related to its misuse.

In this context, UNESCO needs national and international policies and regulatory frameworks to ensure that these emerging technologies benefit all of humanity.

UNESCO also needs a human-centric artificial intelligence that would serve the best interests of citizens.

Agnes KAYEMBE

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DRC: experts reflect on the implementation of the UNESCO recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence


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