I am totally blissed out today by the fact that the 7010-2020 – IEEE Recommended Practice for Assessing the Impact of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems on Human Well-Being standard (aka, P7010) is finally live and ready for people to start using it!
I started tracking my time on various unpaid, yet work/development/volunteer related projects earlier this year, but not nearly soon enough to capture how much time I spent working on this standard over the past two years or so. Whew! I am very in awe of the leaders, like my long-time mentor, Laura Musikanski, who served as the working group chair. She and the other leaders spent way more time than I did, and demonstrated exceptional patience and people skills in helping all of us work together in a harmonious way.
I really feel this standard would be helpful for any organization that wants to evaluate, improve, or monitor systems that use, or will use AI. In my consulting work I advocate for its use in helping startups who need a starting point to evaluate and improve their product outside of expensive clinical trials. I worked really hard to include as much useful information as I could in the standard. Annex B is one of the outputs of my lobbying, as we put a lot of time into developing this annex as an informative reference guide with example indicators that could be of help to AI developers in many industries. While we have some for commercially oriented developers like advertising, autonomous vehicles, etc., we also have example indicator sets for wellbeing oriented technology including examples relating to: stress reduction; human resources, healthcare, and personal assistant AI. Annex A also include extensive resource lists for product development in regards to values and ethics.
It was a great learning process to participate in this project, and I hope to be able to help others use it for many years to come. I’m planning to write or develop some other, more specific follow up resources, articles, etc. So if there’s anything you feel is under-explained in the standard that you’d like to know more about, let me know!