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Responsible AI: best practices for creating trustworthy AI systems
Lu Q., Zhu L., Whittle J., Xu X., Pearson, Hoboken ,NJ, 2023. 320 pp. Type: Book (9780138073923)
Date Reviewed: Mar 13 2024

Responsible AI: best practices for creating trustworthy AI systems appears to be a comprehensive guide focused on the principles and practices of developing responsible artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The book seems to address the critical aspects of responsible AI, including governance patterns, development processes, product design, ethical considerations, and case studies. What follows are some observations and potential critiques.

The book has many strengths. First, it covers a wide range of topics, from the basics of AI and responsible AI to more nuanced subjects like multi-level governance, process patterns, and principle-specific techniques. This breadth indicates a thorough exploration of the subject. The inclusion of a pattern catalog and case studies suggests a practical approach, providing readers with real-world applications and examples. Dedicated sections on fairness, privacy, and explainability reflect a strong emphasis on the ethical dimensions of AI, which are crucial in contemporary AI discourse. Finally, the book concludes with a section on the future of responsible AI, indicating a forward-looking perspective that acknowledges the evolving nature of the field.

Readers may also find some potential criticisms. Ensuring a balanced approach that adequately covers both the technical aspects of AI and the ethical, societal, and regulatory considerations can be challenging; the book should not skew too heavily toward either side. While the book seems to address a wide range of topics, it’s important that each topic is explored in sufficient depth, particularly the more complex technical aspects of AI. Furthermore, AI is a vast field with diverse applications and the book’s recommendations and best practices should be applicable across various domains and industries. Given the rapid development of AI, the content could better reflect the latest advancements and thinking in the field.

Responsible AI is a global issue. Ideally, the book would have included perspectives and examples from various parts of the world, acknowledging different cultural and regulatory environments. Responsible AI is also inherently interdisciplinary, combining technology, ethics, law, and social sciences. The book could have integrated these perspectives more effectively. Finally, the authors fail to clearly define the target audience (for example, AI practitioners, policymakers, students) and tailor the book’s content accordingly.

Responsible AI: best practices for creating trustworthy AI systems appears to be a valuable resource for understanding and implementing responsible AI practices. Its comprehensive approach, practical orientation, and focus on ethical considerations are particularly commendable. However, potential readers should consider the balance and depth of content, especially in terms of technical details and applicability across different AI domains.

Reviewer:  Wael Badawy Review #: CR147726
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