Education on AI and Ethics

What is the problem?

The ability to recognise and deal with ethical and human rights aspects of emerging digital technologies (such as AI) depends on awareness and understanding, which is currently lacking throughout the educational system.

Who should act?

European Commission, Council of Europe, national governments, in particular national education bodies, any bodies involved in designing curricula,

The Recommendation

Teaching digital competence needs to be coupled with education about  its ethical and human rights aspects.

Update current technology-oriented curricula to ensure that ethical and human rights aspects of AI and related technologies are covered. Specific curricula should include:

  • Formal education
    • Primary education
    • Secondary education
    • Relevant undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • Non-formal education.

Key Considerations

Key considerations in the creation and/or implementation of education about ethics and digital technologies are that it complements the following initiatives:

The relevance of education pathways is shown by SHERPA work with regards to:

SHERPA Contribution

The importance of education was introduced by the SHERPA stakeholder board and was investigated further in the Online Survey and the Delphi Study.

SHERPA has provided: