Stanford researchers are investigating ethical breaches involving artificial intelligence and are preparing a report, according to people familiar with the matter.
The investigation, to be completed in the coming weeks, will examine whether the ethical issues raised by artificial intelligence have been addressed, these people said.
The Stanford-led research effort will examine ethical issues and potential future impacts, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing internal matters.
Stanford is not the first research institution to examine ethical concerns with artificial intelligence.
A report last month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine called on researchers to begin studying the ethical consequences of using artificial intelligence for research and development.
Stanford and the National Academy of Sciences have both conducted similar reviews of AI technologies and are co-sponsoring the AI and Ethics Working Group.
The group is co-chaired by former White House ethics lawyer John Yoo and is led by David Yos, who worked at the White House during the George W. Bush administration.
Yos was also a member of the White, Clinton and Obama administrations’ ethics teams.
Stanford has also launched an AI ethics committee.
A Stanford spokesman declined to comment on the study.
Stanford’s AI ethics team is examining concerns raised in the ethics of developing and deploying artificial intelligence, according a person familiar with its work.
The research will examine issues such as whether AI technologies can be used to influence decisions about human rights, human rights violations and other issues, according the person.
The ethics review will be conducted by a Stanford ethics expert, the person said.
The study will include a broad look at all of the areas of ethics that could be potentially impacted by the use of artificial intelligence including, but not limited to, issues of privacy, rights, privacy protection, the ability to harm and harm to people, harm to children, and the role of government in regulating AI technologies, the Stanford official said.
The Stanford AI ethics panel is looking at how artificial intelligence technologies affect human rights and rights of the vulnerable, the source said.
In addition to exploring ethical issues, the research will also look at how AI technologies affect the ability of AI researchers to perform their work in a safe, ethical manner, the official said, noting that the panel will include experts from academia, industry and government.
Stanford has conducted two separate ethics reviews of artificial-intelligence research in the past few years, the two people said: a 2013 report by a separate Stanford ethics panel and a 2014 report from a separate group.
In both instances, the ethics reviews were conducted by faculty members, and they focused on research that was conducted outside of Stanford.
One of the most important parts of this review will address the ethical concerns of those who are using artificial- intelligence in a way that may violate human rights or other human rights obligations, Stanford ethics experts said in a statement on Friday.
Stanford ethics researchers are preparing the report for publication in the near future.