The French »Confiance.ai« consortium and the technology organization VDE have agreed to cooperate in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). By 2023, both partners want to create a combined German-French label for trustworthy and responsible AI.
Hereby, the partners want to increase the competitiveness of the European industry and at the same time facilitate the implementation of the AI Act. »Even if today the topic of trustworthiness and ethics of AI seems to be located more in Europe, we are firmly convinced that only those products that carry the label will ultimately prevail on the market – and indeed worldwide,« Dr. Sebastian Hallensleben, Head of Digitalization & AI at VDE, is convinced. The great interest in the label on the part of the industry was also reflected by the participating companies.
The German-French alliance includes all the big names from industry and science and thus the most important strategic industrial sectors for Europe. Air Liquide, Airbus, Atos, CEA, Inria, Naval Group, Renault, Safran, IRT Saint Exupery, Sopra Steria, IRT SystemX, Thales and Valeo are at the start of Confiance.ai with 50 other start-ups and SMEs on the French side. From Germany, under the leadership of VDE, participants include Bosch, Siemens, TU Darmstadt, SAP, ITAS/KIT, iRights. Lab, Ferdinand-Steinbeis-Institut, BASF, TÜV-SÜD and the International Center for Ethics in Science at the University of Tübingen are represented.
The French-German collaboration creates a reference framework that encompasses and makes measurable aspects such as transparency, accountability, fairness, robustness, and privacy protection. This gives companies a practically manageable way to differentiate themselves in the market with responsible AI. The German work to date is also currently feeding into European AI standardization, providing direction for future harmonized standards on the AI Act.
»The Confiance.ai consortium has been working with VDE and German industry for many months. The strength of this alliance, involving key industrial and academic partners, is the common will to promote a vision of trustworthy and responsible AI and to create a label initially dedicated to French-German collaboration, but to be rolled out at European level,« explains Julien Chiaroni, Directeur des Grands Défis at the General Secretariat for Investments (SGPI).
»The consensus on the principles of responsible use of AI is quite straightforward. The big challenge is operationalizing those principles. With the »AI Trust Standard & Label«, we have presented a practical approach from a German perspective and look forward to not only developing it further, but also integrating it into French and ultimately European work. The synergies are enormous,« adds Sebastian Hallensleben.