Professor Rebecca Wright, Director of the Vagelos Computational Science Center and Druckenmiller Professor of Computer Science, collaborated on a report, “AI and Human Rights: Building a Tech Future Aligned With the Public Interest,” released on June 27, 2022. The report was created by the Manhattan-based non-profit organization All Tech is Human in collaboration with 93 volunteer experts from around the world. This guide for the responsible development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) outlines how to prevent rapidly developing technologies from reinforcing stereotypes, harmful biases, and oppressive power structures.
As public awareness of the potential harms of AI has grown in recent years, experts have been evaluating the challenges these technologies pose to established frameworks like the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The report identifies seven key areas of AI and human rights that deserve scrutiny, including Automated Decision-Making Systems, Data Privacy, Synthetic Media and Information Integrity, Content Moderation, Healthcare, Surveillance Technology, Predictive Technology, and Criminal Justice, and Cybersecurity and Autonomous Weapons.
The report was co-created based on input from nearly 100 experts over the course of three months, and Wright provided important oversight as a contributor and part of the report’s editorial team. She and her collaborators anticipate that this work will help shape the field of responsible technology and ensure AI’s development and use aligns with the public’s interests.