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OECD.AI programme on Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills

The OECD.AI programme on Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills (AI-WIPS) – led and supported by Germany – analyses the impact of AI on the labour market, skills and social policy, and establishes policy recommendations.

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AI is widely expected to complement humans in some tasks, replace them in others, generate new types of work and transform the way people organise and carry out today’s work.

Governments around the world are faced with managing the AI transition, and ensuring that AI is developed and deployed across economies and societies in a way that is responsible and human-centred, and that improves individual and societal well-being.

The OECD AI Principles call policy makers’ attention to a critical policy area: “building human capacity and preparing for a fair labour market transformation”. The OECD is now working to inform policy makers in implementing the AI Principles; through the OECD AI Policy Observatory, OECD.AI.

The AI Strategy of the German Federal government provides a clear vision for ethical, people-centred development and use of AI in the economy and society. It emphasises the need for a broad societal consensus, achieved through dialogue with and involvement of all concerned stakeholders. Germany’s objective is to become a leading centre for AI, to promote responsible development and use of AI, and to integrate AI in society.

With the German AI Observatory launched by the Policy Lab Digital, Work and Society (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs), Germany is poised to take leadership in promoting public understanding, trust and acceptance of AI and developing people-centred AI policies for a changing world of work. Germany’s support enables OECD.AI to house a dedicated Programme on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills (AI-WIPS).

This collaboration aims at producing in depth analyses, measurement, opportunities for international dialogue and concrete policy assessments on how AI impacts labour markets and societies. Through collaboration with international policy, research and business communities, as well as labour representatives and civil society, the OECD will identify necessary employment, skills and social policy reforms. The AI-WIPS benefits from synergies with the wider programme of work and policy communities that make up the OECD AI Policy Observatory.

AI-WIPS focuses on four central themes:

  1. Identifying and classifying AI Systems
  2. AI and Skills
  3. AI, Business and Workplace
  4. AI in Society

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The German AI Observatory was launched on 3 March 2020 in Berlin. The AI Observatory builds on the Federal Government’s AI strategy and it is located within the Policy Lab Digital, Work and Society - an agile think tank of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS).

With the AI Observatory, BMAS is implementing an essential measure within the framework of the AI strategy of the Federal Government. The Observatory aims to enable and promote the responsible, people-centred and participatory use of AI in the working world and society. The Observatory will act as a knowledge carrier and driving force both within and outside the BMAS. In addition, it has a cross-sectional function to the numerous measures of the BMAS within the framework of the AI strategy.

The tasks and goals of the AI observatory include:

  • Impact analysis, scenario development and trend monitoring in order to develop guidelines, audits and frameworks for action for the use of AI in the working world
  • Development of procedures and methods for the checking and traceability of algorithmic forecasting and decision-making systems
  • Facilitating access to the issue of AI and social dialogue on it and enabling cooperation with AI observatories at transnational level
  • Guidelines, studies, documentation and practice cases in order to enhance skills and respond to key qualifications and qualification needs