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Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Mark Minevich


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Mark Minevich is president of Going Global Ventures, an advisor at Boston Consulting Group, a digital chap at IPsoft and a passing world-wide AI expert and digital cognitive strategist and venture capitalist.

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The emergence of the tale coronavirus has left the world in turmoil. COVID-1 9, the disease caused by the virus, has reached virtually every corner of the world, with the number of cases excess hundreds of thousands of and the number of deaths more than 50,000 worldwide. It is a situation that will affect us all in one way or another.

With the imposition of lockdowns, limitations of movement, the closing of metes and other measures to contain the virus, the operating environment of law enforcement agencies and those security services tasked with protecting the public from trauma has unexpectedly become more and more complex. They find themselves thrust into the middle of an unparalleled place, playing a crucial role in halting the spread of the virus and preserving public safety and social order in the process. In response to this growing crisis, many of these agencies and entities are turning to AI and related technologies for backing in unique and innovative ways. Enhancing surveillance, monitoring and detection capabilities is high on the priority list.

For instance, early in the eruption, Reuters reported a occurrence in China wherein the authorities concerned be able to rely facial recognition cameras to track a guy from Hangzhou who had traveled in an affected districts. Upon his return home, the local police were there to instruct him to self-quarantine or face backlashes. Police in China and Spain have been previously started to use technology to enforce quarantine, with monotones being used to patrol and broadcast audio senses to the public, encouraging them to stay at home. People flying to Hong Kong airport receive monitoring bangles that notify the authorities concerned if they infringement the quarantine by leaving their home.

In the United State, a surveillance firm has declared that its AI-enhanced thermal cameras can spy fevers, while in Thailand, territory policemen at airfields are already piloting a biometric screening system employ fever-detecting cameras.

Lonely disputes or the brand-new norm?

With the number of cases, extinctions and countries on lockdown increasing at an alarming rate, we can assume that these will not be isolated examples of technological innovation in response to this global crisis. In the coming dates, weeks and months of this outbreak, we will most likely interpret more and more AI use actions come to the fore.

While the application of AI can play an important role in seizing the reins in this crisis, and even safeguard police and officials from infection, we must not forget that its use can develop very real and serious human rights concerns that can be damaging and subvert the rely placed in government by communities. Human claims, political liberty and the fundamental principles of law may be uncovered or damaged if we do not tread this path with great caution. There may be no turning back if Pandora’s box is opened.

In a public affirmation on March 19, the monitors for freedom of expression and freedom of the media for the United Nation, the Inter-American Commission for Human Freedom and the Representative on Freedom of the Media of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe published a joint statement on promoting and protecting access to and free overflow of information during the pandemic, and specifically took note of the growing use of surveillance technology to move the spread of the coronavirus. They acknowledged that there is a need for active efforts to confront the pandemic, but stressed that “it is also crucial that such implements be limited in use, both in terms of purpose and time, and that individual claims to privacy , non-discrimination, the protection offered by journalistic sources and other sovereignties be rigorously protected .”

This is not an easy chore, but a necessary one. So what can we do?

Ways to responsibly use AI to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Data anonymization: While some countries are tracking individual suspected both patients and their contacts, Austria, Belgium, Italy and the U.K . are accumulating anonymized data to study the movement of parties in a more general form. This option still equips authorities with the ability to track the movement of large groups, but understates the risk of contravening data privacy rights. Determination shortcoming: Personal data that is collected and handled to move the spread of the coronavirus should not be reused for another purpose. National approvals should seek to ensure that the large amounts of personal and medical data are exclusively used for public health intellects. The is a concept already in force in Europe, within the context of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation( GDPR ), but it’s time for this to become a world-wide principle for AI. Knowledge-sharing and open access data: Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, has insisted that “global action and solidarity are crucial, ” and that we will not win this fight alone. This is applicable on many levels, even for the use of AI by law enforcement and security services in the fight against COVID-1 9. These agencies and entities must collaborate with one another and with other key stakeholders in the community, including the public and civil society organizations. AI use case and data should be shared and clarity promoted. Occasion restraint: Although the end of this pandemic seems rather far away at this point in time, it will come to an end. When it does, national authorities will need to scale back their recently acquired monitoring abilities after this pandemic. As Yuval Noah Harari observed in his recent article, “temporary measures have a nasty habit of outliving emergencies, especially as there is always a brand-new emergency hiding on the horizon.” We is necessary to ensure that these outstanding capabilities are indeed scaled back and do not become the brand-new norm.

Within the United Nation system, the United People Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute( UNICRI) is working to advance approaches to AI such as these. It has established a specialized Centre for AI and Robotics in The Hague and is one of the few international performers dedicated to specifically looking at AI vis-a-vis crime prevention and control, criminal justice, rule of law and security. It expedites national authorities, in particular law enforcement agencies, to understand the opportunities presented by these technologies and, at the same time, to navigate its full potential pitfalls associated with these technologies.

Working closely with International Criminal Police Organization( INTERPOL ), UNICRI has lay out a world scaffold for the law enforcement agencies, fostering discussion on AI, identifying practical use cases and defining principles for responsible call. Much wreak has been done through this forum, but it is still early days, and the footpath ahead is long.

While the COVID-1 9 pandemic has illustrated various innovative utilization lawsuits, as well as the urgency for the governments to do their utmost to stop the spread of the virus, it is important to not cause consideration of fundamental principles, rights and respect for the rule of law be put aside. The positive ability and potential of AI is real. It can help those embroiled in fighting this battle to slow the spread of this debilitate illnes. It can help save lives. But we must stay vigilant and commit to the safe, ethical and responsible use of AI.

It was critical that, even in times of immense crisis, we remain conscience of the duality of AI and strive to advance AI for good.

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