Presentation of the report on artificial intelligence and ethics

The Catalan Observatory of Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (OEIAC) has produced a report dedicated to AI from the points of view of experts, with special emphasis on the risks and advantages of this technology


The report was prepared within the framework of the Catalonia AI strategy of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Over more than 150 pages, the ethical and social impact of artificial intelligence is analysed through the opinions of Catalan experts.

In the first part, more than 130 publications are reviewed, including academic and scientific texts as well as technical and research reports sourced from government agencies, companies and associations, as well as journalistic articles. In the second part, the impact of AI from the academic field to the industrial field is addressed, taking in public administration and citizenship. A total of 23 interviews with experts from different disciplines provide reflections on the current implementation of AI systems, taking into account ethical, social and legal aspects.

Increased knowledge and confidence

(Image: OEIAC report presentation ceremony. From left to right, Dani Marco, Alicia Manuel, Albert Sabater and Josep Calbó)

The General Director of Innovation and Digital Economy of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Daniel Marco, underlined in the presentation of the report the importance of this study “both to acquire greater knowledge about the development and deployment of AI, and in pursuing the Strategy of Artificial Intelligence, promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya. The report presents the challenges and opportunities that must be met so that AI can generate trust in society as a whole,” Marco underlined.

For his part, the director of the OEIAC, Albert Sabater, stressed that “this document provides a snapshot of the current ethical considerations that are being debated and implemented internationally.” An important aspect of this snapshot is “the need for a better understanding of and a technical and humanistic training for the changes that AI entails in our daily lives,” concluded Sabater.

The report can be accessed from this link..