Standards and Artificial Intelligence in the APEC Region

Original news article by Standards Australia (20/12/2023).

A soon-to-be-released Standards Australia publication supporting the responsible expansion of AI has been showcased at an international event.

Aurelie Jacquet, Chair of Australia’s AI standards committee, and Roland Terry-Lloyd, Head of Engagement & Strategic Delivery, represented Standards Australia at the recent 2023 Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) Summit in Delhi.

The summit brought together experts from various fields including science, industry, government, and academia to foster international cooperation on AI-related priorities.

Focusing on AI, Aurelie and Roland participated in a research symposium, showcasing recent developments and key publications. Themes included responsible AI, data governance, the future of work, and innovation and commercialisation.

Standards Australia’s upcoming joint publication with Aurelie, “Supporting AI at Scale in the APEC Region Through International Standards”, was a key feature of the session. The paper discusses how international standards can support the scaling and harnessing of AI’s transformative potential responsibly.

Aurelie’s presentation highlighted the key international standards for AI developed by the ISO AI subcommittee. She also discussed how the adoption and implementation of AI standards can support harmonised approaches to regulation and policy setting for AI – helping businesses manage risks and scale solutions.

AI has the potential to significantly advance economic and societal wellbeing and enable improved environmental outcomes within the APEC region. A PWC forecast predicts that AI could contribute up to $22.17 trillion to the global economy by 2030, with APEC economies well-positioned to share in these benefits.

Supporting AI at Scale in the APEC Region Through International Standards aims to highlight these opportunities, challenges, and potential solutions to support the scaling of AI in the APEC economies. The paper is set to be published in early 2024.