Giving people a voice in the use of artificial intelligence
As part of the Next Generation Internet Policy Summit, Amsterdam and Helsinki launched beta AI registries that show how the government in each locale uses algorithms to provide services. Currently, the Amsterdam registry includes a small number of algorithms, but it will be expanded after feedback is gathered at the summit, which was organised by the City of Amsterdam and the European Commission.
The algorithms in the registry come with a description of how they are used, what humans do with the information they provide and how it they are analysed for possible risks and biases. Citizens of Amsterdam can offer feedback and contact information for the individual deploying each algorithm is available.
Amsterdam is becoming an international centre for AI
Amsterdam is well on its way to becoming a global AI hub. The Netherlands took ninth place in the AI Readiness Index 2020, which examined how prepared governments are to benefit from artificial intelligence. The capital is also home to leading tech companies focused on AI, including Aidence, which uses the technology to improve the detection of lung cancer.
Earlier this year, the City of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam joined forces to establish the Civic AI Lab (CAIL). The lab will host five researchers and will be part of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) at Amsterdam Science Park. The researchers will focus on using AI to improve health, education, welfare and mobility while studying ways to avoid some of the problems it can cause.