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Government bodies need to take a special approach to procurement when it comes to artificial intelligence, according to the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. WEF, the global network focused on technology governance, says traditional “public-sector procurement processes might not be suitable due to new and unique risks to manage and the possibility of unintended consequences.”

“Use procurement processes that focus not on prescribing a specific solution but rather on outlining problems and opportunities, and allow room for iteration,” it says in a white paper proposing a set of 10 AI-purchasing guidelines for public servants which are being piloted by the UK government.

Potential “negative consequences” of AI and related technologies are becoming increasingly clear and public officials must take them seriously, it says.

Read more here in The Mandarin

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