AI, Ethics and Human Rights – Designing a Better World  Recommendations from the SHERPA project

The SHERPA project has developed a set of recommendations to ensure that the benefits of AI are harnessed, and related ethical issues and human rights concerns are addressed. These recommendations are based on the ethical issues identified throughout the duration of the project, through 10 case studies5 scenarios, literature reviews, an online survey with more than 300 respondents, 45 stakeholder interviews, and an expert Delphi study.

These recommendations aim to improve AI, with an understanding of AI as a set of overlapping ecosystems of interlinked stakeholders, technologies and processes. The recommendations propose ways in which these AI ecosystems can be shaped to ensure they are beneficial to people, uphold human rights and, more generally, promote human flourishing.

In summary, the SHERPA recommendations have determined that in order to ensure these ecosystems prioritise ethics and fundamental rights, three main conditions should be fulfilled:

  • Concepts need to be clear, and AI ecosystems need to be clearly delineated from one another.
  • There must be a sustainable knowledge base of technical, but also social, ethical and legal aspects.
  • Governance of AI ecosystems should set the framework and support individuals and organizations.

The SHERPA recommendations provide concrete examples and suggest next steps in each of these three main areas:

View our SHERPA Recommendations booklet here.