Unveiling the Pulse of AI in Language Services: SAFE-AI Task Force Launches Pivotal Perception Survey

Survey bridges global AI safety discourse and stakeholder insights, setting the stage for comprehensive guidelines on AI in interpreting.

On Wednesday, November 8, the Interpreting SAFE-AI Task Force is launching its Perception Survey initiative, answering the global call for responsible AI evolution witnessed at the recent UK’s AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park and in President Biden's October 30th Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence. This initiative is a leap towards gathering pivotal stakeholder insights, which are instrumental in framing robust guidelines for AI's ethical use in interpreting. 

Global discussions underscore the urgency of a collaborative approach towards navigating the frontier AI landscape. The Perception Survey by the SAFE-AI Task Force aligns with this international momentum, aiming to foster a comprehensive dialogue around AI ethics and safety in the domain of language interpretation.

Accessible via SAFE-AI's website, the Perception Survey encompasses two meticulously designed surveys:

  1. End-User Survey: Perceptions from Actual Users of Interpreting Services. This survey seeks to capture the diverse experiences and insights of end users, integral for shaping responsible AI practices. Available in these 11 languages:
  • American Sign Language (video)
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese
  1. Market Survey: Perceptions from the Market. This survey gauges the perspectives and expectations of all other stakeholders, including interpreters, researchers, professional associations, vendors, buyers, and other stakeholders in language access, contributing to a broader understanding of the AI landscape.

"With the growing adoption of AI interpretation, there is a greater urgency for ethical oversight, and the SAFE-AI Task Force is taking an important role in outlining best practices and risk analysis to define when the use of AI interpretation is appropriate," says Andrew Ochoa, CEO, Waverly Labs, developer of the world’s first earbud translation products. To that end, Executive Director of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, Natalya Mytareva, asserts, “CCHI considers this survey a very important step in formulating best practices and establishing guardrails regarding the use of AI in interpreting because we strongly believe in data-driven decision making. We need to know opinions, expectations, hopes, and fears of various stakeholders so that we can create comprehensive solutions addressing the current state of engagement with AI.”

Insights garnered from the survey will be pivotal in the Task Force's endeavor to establish comprehensive guidelines on safe AI use based on the current state of technology for interpreting. These guidelines, slated for publication next year, will be a significant stride towards ensuring that the evolution of AI in language services aligns with ethical, safety, and inclusivity standards.

For more information, please visit https://safeaitf.org.

Source: Interpreting SAFE-AI Task Force