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4 August, Tuesday


Konul Nurullayeva attended a videoconference of the PACE Committee

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A video conference of the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination was held today. Reports on a number of topical issues such as “Upholding human rights in times of crisis and pandemics: gender equality and non-discrimination”, “Preventing discrimination caused by the use of artificial intelligence”, “Discrimination against Roma and Travellers in the field of housing” crimes” were listened to at the online meeting, and the participants held an exchange of views regarding these reports.

Ms. Konul Nurullayeva, a member of Parliament, and PACE Committee on Equality and Discrimination represented our country at this online meeting and delivered a speech in regard to artificial intelligence (AI). Referring to the preliminary draft report she agreed with the opinion that the AI is transforming the way we live, and stressed some positive sides of it. Acoording to her, the AI helps to detect unfair discrimination on the basis of race or gender, at the same time it can be applied in health sector to measure patient's overall health status and predict dangerous diseases. The AI speeds efforts to develop clean, virtually limitless fusion energy as well.

Along with the positive sides, K.Nurullayeva also touched upon the risks associated with the development and appliance of the AI. She noted that bias and discrimination can be proliferated by artificial intelligence because there is a gap between existing anti-discrimination laws and technology’s new capabilities, and this gap is referred to as cultural lag. The MP also mentioned that existing anti-discrimination laws could lead to an overestimation of the fairness of the decision outcomes.

K.Nurullayeva also noted some prevention methods related to the AI. She grouped those methods in this way:

  • Inclusion of additional anti-discrimination measures which help to reduce statistical bias
  • To develop a code of conduct for the members of organization in order to reduce discrimination
  • Non-discrimination law and data protection law are the main legal instruments that could protect the right to non-discrimination.

K.Nurullayeva also brought Azerbaijan’s approach to the AI to participants’ attention and shared our country’s experience with them: “Azerbaijan has a goal to adopt artificial intelligence in the country in many spheres. It will be applied more in energy industry, education, justice, transportation and human rights sector in the near future”.

The MP also considers that algorithms can perform better than human decision-makers in the future.

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