The University of the Philippines is working on a comprehensive policy on the responsible use of artificial intelligence.

In the draft text, the university acknowledges that artificial intelligence has potential to transform education but also poses risks and concerns amid its rapid development. The state university system cites the 2023 edition of the AI Index Report, an annual publication from Stanford University, that notes how abuse of AI has worsened by 26 times since 2012.

Systemic bias, inequality, and issues on privacy and data collection are among the concerns that UP aims to address through their policy. Cheating and plagiarism are mentioned too.

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To summarize, the university’s principles for responsible use of artificial intelligence pertain to the public good, transparency, and fairness. Principles of safety, environmental friendliness, collaboration, accountability, and governance are also cited.

UP also encourages inclusivity when it comes to the benefits of AI, that its development and localization must consider the accessibility and meeting the needs of all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances.

At the same time, the university also believes humans should retain a significant level of authority over AI systems. In its principle of meaningful human control, the university emphasizes that humans must have moral responsibility for the behavior of AI systems, whose increasing capabilities must adhere to societal norms and serve human interests.

The entire guidelines can be read on the official UP website. The university is asking its community, including teachers and students, to send feedback on the draft guidelines to

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