A new package of measures, including certification to a new management system designed to enable the safe, secure and responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), is being launched by business improvement and standards company, BSI.

The launch follows research showing 61% (versus 64% in Australia) want global guidelines for the technology. The scheme, aligned to the recently published international management system standard for AI (BS ISO/IEC 42001), is intended to assist organisations in responsibly using AI, addressing considerations like non-transparent automatic decision-making, the utilisation of machine learning instead of human-coded logic for system design, and continuous learning.

BSI CEO, Susan Taylor Martin said, “AI is a transformational technology. For it to be a powerful force for good, trust is critical. This is an important step in empowering organizations to responsibly manage the technology, which in turn offers the opportunity to harness AI to accelerate progress towards a better future and a sustainable world. BSI is proud to be at the forefront of ensuring AI’s safe and trusted integration across society.”

The new package builds on BSI’s portfolio of AI services intended to help shape trust in AI, including AI training courses to equip individuals and organisations with necessary knowledge and skills to navigate AI standards and regulations. 

Algorithm testing is of paramount importance as it directly impacts the reliability, accuracy, and performance of AI systems. AI algorithms, such as machine learning models, deep neural networks, and natural language processing, underpin the decision-making processes of AI applications. BSI’s rigorous testing is essential to validate these algorithms’ correctness and efficiency, ensuring they produce trustworthy results and perform optimally in real-world scenarios.

BSI Australia managing director, Charlene Loo said, “As we seek to expand our AI horizons, whether in medical devices and healthcare, transport, the built environment or any other sector, it’s critical that we complement innovation and progress with safe and ethical deployment.

“I am delighted that BSI is developing a comprehensive package of training and oversight aligned to the ground-breaking new AI management standard to support organisations to make the most of innovation and ensure it is a force for good for society.”

BSI’s recent Trust in AI global poll found three fifths wanted international guidelines to enable the safe use of AI. Nearly two fifths globally (38% versus 23% in Australia) already use AI every day at work, while more than two thirds (62% versus 56% in Australia) expect their industries to do so by 2030.