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The ethical use of Artificial Intelligence in cities

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It is widely assumed that AI and AI-associated technologies will enhance economic growth and public well-being in ‘smart cities’. GCH’s new policy paper argues that local and regional governments (LRGs) should deploy these technologies, but only when they contribute to LRGs’ public mission and enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of their citizens. The paper looks at the opportunities and challenges that the use of AI might pose in cities. It reviews where AI can best serve local governments, and gives an overview of the guiding principles that ensure AI’s ethical use. It also argues that LRGs should be able to feed their needs and expectations into global processes for AI regulation. GCH hopes that this paper will serve as food-for-thoughts at the Smart City Leaders’ Talks on 28 May at the WSIS High-level events.