2 Pakistani scholars won Facebook’s Ethics in AI Research awards
Artificial intelligence is 21st century’s pioneering facet and the most successfully developing technology. AI is successful in its application to all aspects of life, with the aim of making life better and sustainable. The modern requirements of AI not only demand power and revolution, but also transparency to inspection and ethical use. Remaining free from manipulation, corruption, hacking and irrationality, are some aspects of AI ethics that experts are working on.
Facebook partnered with the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong and the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong, to launch a challenge proposal in December 2019. With the aim to change our global dynamics using AI, yet maintaining all ethical boundaries, Facebook launched a global research in the field of AI ethics. Scholars and experts all over the world took part and presented their researches and theories.
Among the winners of Facebook’s, Research in Artificial Intelligence were two Pakistanis. Junaid Qadir, a professor at the Information Technology University (ITU), Lahore and Dr. Amana Raquib, co-investigator of the project, is an assistant professor at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.
They were among the winners chosen from nine different countries, awarded in the category ‘Culturally informed pro-social AI regulation and persuasion framework’.
Pakistan making steady progress in AI
Artificial intelligence is gaining increasing popularity in Pakistan as well. The ‘President’s Initiative in Artificial Intelligence and Computing’ [PIAIC] is an online one year program designed for beginners in the field of artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Launched by the current President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, the initiative is providing free education to thousands across the country.
Major Think tanks around the world have emphasized the inevitability of Artificial intelligence taking over and there is no opting out of it. To stay competitive, we must eventually embrace AI. Countries that fail to adopt AI in some capacity over the next 10 years will be left behind.