Technology Record - Issue 30: Autumn 2023

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW Simplifying AI responsibility Microsoft is taking an active role in guiding the shift towards responsible AI usage. We spoke with Antony Cook to learn about the values behind the newly introduced AI Assurance Program, including how partners can provide dependable solutions and how to navigate the dynamic landscape of governance and regulation Microsoft’s AI Assurance Program, launched in June 2023, is designed to help customers ensure that the AI applications they deploy on Microsoft platforms meet legal and regulatory requirements for responsible AI. Antony Cook, vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft, is leading this initiative. What are Microsoft’s core commitments to customers when it comes to the responsible use of artificial intelligence? AI is creating unparalleled opportunities for businesses of all sizes and across every industry. At the same time, there are legitimate concerns about the power of this technology and its potential to be used to cause harm rather than provide benefits. We’ve been contemplating these issues for several years and realised that we could share our learnings with our customers around the world to accelerate their AI journeys. That’s why, in June, Microsoft announced three AI Customer Commitments to help customers create their own responsible AI programmes. BY ALICE CHAMBERS AND ANDY CLAYTON-SMITH 36 Microsoft and Planet Labs have collaborated for the Global Renewables Watch initiative that maps utility-scale solar and wind installations to track progress of the transition to clean energy Photo: Unsplash/Manny Becerra