Global Assessment of Responsible AI in cities (AI4Cities)

AI can support cities, but needs ethics, governance, and capacities. The project assesses how to use AI responsibly in urban settings.

Date Published
1 Dec 2022
Expected Start Date
01 Dec 2022
Expected End Date
28 Feb 2024
Project Type
Research and Capacity Development
Project Status

AI and AI-enabled solutions are opening new opportunities for service provision in cities and presenting a high potential for sustainable development growth. These solutions are changing cities and societies when the world is experiencing extreme urbanization and climate change, significantly impacting cities' essential services, infrastructure, housing, human livelihoods, health, and education. Despite the potential, these opportunities are associated with challenges and risks such as possible bias and discrimination, privacy violations, and other human rights violations. Thus, leading to the acceleration of existing problems and reinforcement of structural inequalities and biases in communities. To overcome these challenges, AI and AI-enabled solutions need to be lawful, ethical, and robust. Also, such solutions should be appropriately governed, managed, and deployed to ensure inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities. These efforts require suitable capacities at different levels, policymakers, and technical groups, supported by relevant international standards, to ensure local governments have the full knowledge and skills to govern, regulate, adopt, deploy, and measure AI solutions. Thus, the “Global Assessment of Responsible AI in Cities” project aims to thoroughly assess the opportunities and constraints for local government to responsibly implement, use and govern Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in cities.

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