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– The Thai Digital
Economy and Society (DES) Ministry has drafted the country’s first artificial
intelligence (AI) ethics guidelines.
The ministry worked with Microsoft
Thailand and Mahidol University on the guidelines. Thailand is the first
country in Asia-Pacific where Microsoft contributed to crafting the guidelines
as an adviser.
According to Thai media, the first
principle indicates AI technology must cater to the country’s competitiveness
and sustainable development.
The technology also needs to comply
with the law and international standards.
AI technology must be developed with
accountability and responsibility to ensure security and data protection.
Other tenets are the technology must
take into account equality and fairness, and efforts must be made to ensure AI technology is reliable.
The draft is not final and the
ministry wants to gather input from public forums and focus groups.
“The AI ethics guideline is part
of raising competitiveness under the 20-year national strategy plan for
2018-37, which was made by the national strategy committee,” said DES Minister
The guidelines will serve as
practices to be followed by researchers, developers and service providers
engaging in tech development, he said.
AI is expected to be broadly used by
targeted industries under the Thailand 4.0 initiative, including for S-curve
These industries include next-generation
automation, intelligent electronics, medical tourism, advanced agriculture and
biotech, food processing, robotics, comprehensive healthcare, aviation,
logistics, biofuel, biochemical and digital industries.
“AI will not only be used in the
manufacturing sector, but also in normal daily life, including work and
leisure,” said Buddhipongse.
needed to prevent misuse of technology, he said, adding that the guidelines and
practice should be developed into regulation.
It is too early to say when the
guidelines will come into force, he stated./.