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Microsoft Releases Framework for Responsible AI Development

Microsoft Releases Framework for Responsible AI Development

Microsoft has just released its latest Responsible AI Standard, a framework that is designed to guide developers on how to responsibly build AI systems.

The newly launched Responsible AI Standard is the second version which is built on Microsoft’s previous responsible AI efforts, including the first version of the Standard that was launched internally in 2019, as well as recent research findings and information gotten from the company’s product experiences.

The latest AI standard or framework details goals or outcomes which will help teams to break down broad principles such as ‘accountability’ into its key enablers including impact assessments, data governance, and human oversight. Some of the principles generated from Microsoft product experiences include Fairness in Speech-to-Text Technology, Appropriate Use Controls for Custom Neural Voice and Facial Recognition, and Fit for Purpose and Azure Face Capabilities.

Each goal is further composed of a set of requirements, which are steps that teams must take to ensure that AI systems meet expected goals throughout the system lifecycle. Moreso, the Standard maps available tools and practices to specific requirements so that Microsoft’s teams implementing it would have resources to help them easily apply the new standards.

“The Responsible AI Standard sets out our best thinking on how we will build AI systems to uphold these values and earn society’s trust. It provides specific, actionable guidance for our teams that goes beyond the high-level principles that have dominated the AI landscape to date,” said Natasha Crampton, Chief Responsible AI Officer at Microsoft.

“The need for this type of practical guidance is growing. AI is becoming more and more a part of our lives, and yet, our laws are lagging behind. They have not caught up with AI’s unique risks or society’s needs. While we see signs that government action on AI is expanding, we also recognize our responsibility to act. We believe that we need to work towards ensuring AI systems are responsible by design.”

According to Microsoft, it is releasing the latest Responsible AI Standard to share what the company has learned, invite feedback from others, and contribute to the discussion about building better norms and practices around AI.

Furthermore, Microsoft has made available some key resources that support the Responsible AI Standard which include the Impact Assessment template and guide, for those who want to look into the company’s approach.

Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft also recently announced Project Volterra, a new device or kit for building Windows AI applications, which uses Qualcomm’s in-built neural processing unit (NPU), and powered by the Snapdragon Compute Platform.