Davos, where the World Economic Forum brought together global industry and government leaders, was an appropriate venue for the release by Singapore of a framework on how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used ethically and responsibly. Businesses in the Republic and elsewhere can adopt the framework as they come to terms with issues that have emerged with new technology and the digital economy. As an official publication notes, AI has delivered many benefits, ranging from saving time to diagnosing "hitherto unknown medical conditions". But it has also been accompanied by new concerns, such as personal privacy and "algorithmic biases".
Singapore seeks to contribute to the global discussion of the ethics of AI by providing a framework that helps translate ethical principles into pragmatic measures that businesses can adopt. This formulation recognises that pragmatic measures could ameliorate ethical concerns over AI while enabling its beneficial use to business.