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For Written Answer on : 17/01/2024
Question Number(s): 443 Question Reference(s): 1735/24
Department: Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
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QUESTION


To ask the Minister for Enterprise; Trade and Employment to provide an update on the work of the AI Advisory Council; to outline the scope of the council’s mandate; the membership of the council; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY


To support the implementation of the National AI Strategy, an AI Advisory Council will be appointed.

The Council’s role will be to provide independent expert advice to Government on artificial intelligence policy, with a specific focus on building public trust and promoting the development of trustworthy, person-centred AI.

Its first role will be providing expert guidance, insights, and recommendations in response to specific requests from government. Its second role will be developing and delivering its own workplan of advice to Government on issues in artificial intelligence policy, providing insights on trends, opportunities, and challenges. Its third role will be engaging in public communications aimed at demystifying and promoting trustworthy, ethical and person-centred AI.

The AI Advisory Council will be a mechanism for expert advice and not a consultative or a representative forum. Therefore, its members will represent themselves as individuals with relevant experience and expertise and not their employers or organisations of which they may be members.

An announcement of the membership will be made following the first meeting of the AI Advisory Council in the coming days.