Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic, and for good reason. These technologies are opening up a whole world of new possibilities. Your future profession will witness these changes first hand as they transform our society in the coming years, such as in computer and software engineering. Many other engineers will tap into the possibilities that AI offers, and it will affect the entire profession.
 
The OIQ is taking a close interest in this revolution. We have already begun efforts to determine the main challenges that AI poses for the profession, both in terms of engineers’ responsibility and the expertise required to master these technologies. As engineers, our challenge will be to ensure that artificial intelligence remains a promising technology and a source of progress for our society.  

 For an ethical and responsible AI
 
Professionals have duties and obligations toward the public that will apply to their practice in this field of activity. The Code of Ethics of Engineers specifically states that “in all aspects of his work, the engineer must respect his obligations towards man and take into account the consequences of the performance of his work on the environment and on the life, health and property of every person.”
 
On a more general note, we ought to welcome the initiative taken by the Université de Montréal to publish a Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence. There are many questions about AI’s effects on human well-being, autonomy, justice, respect for privacy, democracy, and more. The Montreal Declaration will advance collective thinking, and the OIQ certainly intends to contribute to the thought process as well.
 
Want to deepen your understanding of this issue? I suggest that you read the special report published in the March-April issue of PLAN magazine.

Kathy Baig, ing., FIC, MBA