SAP launches a Guide to Artificial Intelligence (IA) principles and an external commission of AI ethics consultants, becoming the first European technology company to launch projects in this direction. The group, made up of academic, political, and industry experts, will ensure, in collaboration with the IA Steering Committee of SAP, that these principles are adopted and further developed.
The objective of the two entities is to ensure that AI technology embedded in the SAP Leonardo Machine Learning system is used to maintain integrity and confidence in all SAP products. As a market leader in business software solutions, with 77 percent of global transactions being processed and serving over 400,000 customers worldwide, SAP systems and applications impact the life of billions of people on a daily basis.
“SAP believes that the use of data in an ethical way is an essential value that must guide the business environment. We want to create software to support the development of intelligent companies and truly improve people’s lives. The basis for making AI a technology that will foster the evolution of human talent,” said Luka Mucic, CFO and member of the SAP SE Executive Board.
Five members of the advisory commission have already been confirmed, these are Dr. Theol. Peter Dabrock, president of the Department of Systematic Theology (Ethics) of the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Dr. Henning Kagermann, president of the Twins Academy of Science and Engineering, Susan Liautaud, Lecturer in Public Policy and Law, Stanford University, Dr. Helen Nissenbaum, professor at the University of Cornell Tech Information Science, Nicholas Wright, Intelligent Biology Consultant, affiliate of Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics Georgetown University Medical Center and Honorary Research Assistant, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. SAP plans to attract more members to the commission in the coming months.
“Artificial Intelligence offers huge opportunities but also raises unprecedented and often unpredictable ethical challenges for society and humanity. The Ethics Advisory Board in AI allows us to provide ethical technology that serves humanity and from which society can benefit,” said Susan Liautaud.
Implement a European strategy for IA
The Guide to Ethical Principles also contributes to the debate on Artificial Intelligence in Europe. The European Commission has appointed Markus Noga, Senior VP Machine Learning at SAP, a member of the AI High-Level Expert Group. The group was created to develop a European strategy on IA and proposed ethical guidelines on fairness, safety, transparency, the future of labor and democracy by the beginning of 2019.
SAP is the market leader in business software solutions. Currently, the company has over 404,000 customers, supporting them in successfully managing all the disruptive factors brought by the digital economy, helping to simplify business processes and providing the platform needed to develop a sustainable digital strategy.
SAP Romania, the local affiliate of SAP SE, started its business in 2002, being among the top local IT vendors. Over the last 16 years, the company has significantly contributed to the development of the local business environment and the digital transformation of organizations. Today, about 600 companies in Romania use SAP solutions in industries such as utilities, transport, banks, insurance, retail or production. Also, 95 percent of the top 300 companies locally are SAP customers. In 2011, SAP started an investment project in Romania by opening the largest SAP consulting center in Europe, serving customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with 570 employees.