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Law Council of Australia


Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework

The submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in response to the Data61 CSIRO discussion paper Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework (Discussion Paper) was prepared by the Law Council of Australia. 

The Law Council believes that new and evolving technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and other forms of automated decision-making offer important benefits, including the potential to contribute to strengthening the economy, increasing the cohesion and inclusiveness of society, supporting sustainability and the efficient use of resources, and increasing human wellbeing.

However a number of significant risks and challenges are also present, which it is necessary, and timely, to discuss. The Discussion Paper explores a number of these issues, and proposes an ethical framework comprising eight core principles for AI, as well as a toolkit of processes, safeguards and resources to support the implementation of that framework. 

You can read the full submission below.


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