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Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence: Evidence from a Survey of Machine Learning Researchers

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers are important in the development of ethics and governance of AI, including taking action against what they perceive to be unethical uses of AI. That being said, this influential group’s attitudes are not well understood, which undermines the ability to discern consensuses or disagreements between AI/ML researchers. To examine these researchers’ views, this survey was conducted of those who published in the top AI/ML conferences. The findings should help to improve how researchers, private sector executives, and policymakers think about regulations, governance frameworks, guiding principles, and national and international governance strategies for AI.