Ensure equitable, ethical and transparent AI governance
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) regulatory landscape continues to mature as government agencies refine and build upon previous guidance designed to manage AI risk, ensure equality and transparency, and provide trust in automated systems. As American institutions continue to innovate and embrace AI to harness its benefits; federal, state, and local agencies are increasing their regulatory efforts to protect the American public.1 The latest iteration of federal regulatory guidelines is The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights (AIBoR).2
In October of 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the AIBoR to provide additional guidance for organizations to create trustworthy and ethical automated systems.The AIBoR provides guidance to American innovators to harness the extraordinary potential and benefits of automated systems and AI while protecting “the American public’s rights, opportunities, or access to critical resources or services.”3
The AIBoR applies to all automated systems that have the potential to meaningfully impact individuals’ or communities’ exercise of rights, opportunities, or access (Figure 1).
At Deloitte, we recognized the critical importance of the need for protections and for AI-Fueled organizations to earn trust in the AI-enabled assets and services provided to the public.
Deloitte's Trustworthy AITM Framework and AI Governance & Risk services help provide strategic and tactical solutions to enable organizations to continue to build and use AI-powered systems while promoting Trustworthy AI (Figure 2)
Deloitte recognizes that organizations and institutions are increasingly adopting AI and automated systems for their potential to revolutionize significant aspects of the American public’s lives from healthcare to financial services. However, these innovations can be particularly susceptible to a wide range of AI-related risks through all phases of the AI life cycle. For example, AI-based systems may introduce or reinforce a risk of perpetuating inequity and historic bias, and enforceable regulations to protect the American public by ensuring equitable, ethical and transparent AI may be not only critical but inevitable. An indication of the future AI regulatory landscape can be seen in recent proposed and enacted state and local laws governing AI in specific use cases such as AI-based performance evaluation and hiring decisions, loan underwriting models, etc.5
The White House AIBoR aligns well with Deloitte's Trustworthy AITM Framework and can help enable our clients to safely and effectively operationalize automated systems while protecting individuals and communities and adhering to emerging regulations (Figure 3). Deloitte's Trustworthy AI framework includes a roadmap for implementing AI-powered systems and is aligned with AIBoR guidelines through each phase of the AI development and maintenance lifecycle.
The world today is experiencing enormous human capacity for insight, decision-making, efficiency, and innovation, all dramatically expanded by cognitive systems. We are also in a period in which trust is paramount. The tools that unleash world-changing capabilities should be trusted to act in line with human expectations for ethics and appropriateness. The full potential of AI just may hinge on that confidence.
The AIBoR is the latest governmental call to action for organizations to proactively protect the American public as they embrace innovation through automation and AI. Though not directly enforceable, the AIBoR can set the tone for the inevitable future legislation. We recognize that navigating AI implementation challenges can be complex, and Deloitte is committed to helping our clients navigate these challenges agilely while establishing trust with stakeholders and regulators. Deloitte, with our suite of AI Governance & Risk assets and services is dedicated to assisting our clients through the changing regulatory landscape in creating Trust, Equity and Transparency as they serve the American public.