AI safety standards worldwide must keep up with the rapid development and deployment of AI technology. Our mission is to help accelerate the writing of AI safety standards

Formal AI safety standards can be essential in supporting government initiatives for AI technology regulation. We, therefore, aim to accelerate the writing of such formal standards in organizations like ISO/IEC, CEN-CENELEC, the IEEE, and NIST.  

We are structured as a virtual lab, bringing together experts from all over the world who self-organize to pursue the above mission.

Current project

The diagram below shows our current project. We convert insights from the existing literature into ready-made text that formal standards efforts can include in their AI safety standards documents.

We are positioning ourselves as politically and geographically neutral. We are not directly engaging with different government initiatives to regulate local or global AI markets.  

We aim to support at least the following government-related standards initiatives:

The data flow in the above diagram, from our lab into formal standards writing efforts, is enabled because several of our members are active in these formal standards writing efforts. Using the terminology of the standards world, the outputs of this lab can be packaged and submitted as technical expert contributions to the respective standards efforts. It will then be up to these standards efforts to decide if and how to incorporate these contributions into their eventual standards.

Express your interest in collaborating

We are open to new collaborators working with us in the Lab:

All our work happens in a closed workspace, and all discussions happen under the Chatham House Rule.

Please note: Due to our current workload, we cannot process or respond to all expressions of interest. We hope to have more capacity to start onboarding new collaborators between July and September 2024. Please email us at hello@aistandardslab.org for time-sensitive responses.

Differences with formal standards writing efforts

Formal standards writing efforts tend to have very high barriers to entry. They often require that organizational fees are paid before someone can participate. To qualify for a government mandate, some efforts must also apply geographical restrictions to who can join.   

Furthermore, it often takes considerable time to understand all the details of the standards process for someone to contribute effectively to a formal standards effort. It can also take a lot of effort to locate the right subcommittee to whom to make specific contributions and the right time to make them. 

We have set up the AI Standards Lab to have much lower barriers to entry for collaborators and subject matter experts worldwide. This allows us to accelerate standards writing by accessing a pool of labor simply unavailable to formal standards efforts. 

Another significant difference with formal standards writing is that in this lab, we focus only on encoding the state of the art in AI risk management. Formal standards writing efforts have a much broader scope: They must resolve various other difficult legal-technical and regulatory questions in consultation with their respective government(s). 

The formal standards efforts we target also usually work under Chatham House rules, supplemented with additional confidentiality agreements. The lab must, therefore, operate with some confidentiality firewalls inside. Lab members who are inside formal standards efforts too will often not be able to report back to the original authors of contributions any details about how these contributions are being handled further inside their formal standards efforts.

Lab members

Current Lab Leadership

Present and past contributors

Not all contributors are listed below. Contributors can choose not to have their names or full names disclosed in public.