The Manifesto for Ethical AI

The commitment of the actors who design, develop, deploy and administer artificial intelligence solutions allied with the educators who provide job training in this field.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises so much: : to help us meet the great societal and environmental challenges ahead, to optimise the way companies operate, to take the strain and discomfort out of certain activities, to do more for our customers, to make diagnoses faster and better, to make our daily lives easier, etc.

But the excesses of some AI systems or the physical injuries caused by others have exacerbated mistrust among users who are . now asking themselves whether the designers of AI systems are able to control their creations Certain technologies – especially more the recent ones known as deep learning – may arouse fears and legitimate questions from the public.


To avoid this wariness turning into a knee-jerk rejection which would obliterate all the potential benefits of these technologies at the same time, we need to rethink the way we design AI solutions, in order to meet expectations in terms of providing trusted solutions and committing to responsible use of digital technologies.

From now on we have to want systems that are not only effective, but also ethical, that is to say designed and operated in such a way as to ensure that their use and effects do no harm to either the dignity or the integrity of human beings. They must also respect fundamental rights, such as the right to privacy, fair treatment and the freedom to act and make decisions.

Of course wanting ethical AI solutions is not enough: we now have to change practices at every level (training, design, development, deployment, etc.) to act more efficiently and as part of a process of continuous improvement.



  1. DO

To implement the methodology and, whenever it is applicable, the recommendations in the Practical Guide to Ethical AI published by Numeum and co-constructed with the representatives of the AI ecosystem in France;



To value and promote the ethical dimension of the AI solutions that my organisation designs/and or deploys and/or administers and/or for which it provides training;



To contribute to the improvement of the state of the art of AI ethics, in particular by having a representative of my organisation participate in revising and enhancing the aforementioned guide. This work will be based on the information shared by the members of the collective of signatories of the Manifesto, e.g. feedback, theoretical developments, etc.

Renaud Vedel

Coordinator of the National AI Strategy

Katya Lainé

Director and Chair of Numeum’s
Innovation & Technologies Committee

Want to contribute and make a commitment?


Whether you represent a company, an organisation that is part of the digital ecosystem or an organisation providing training in AI systems, you can formalise your commitment by signing the Manifesto for Ethical AI and in doing so access free resources such as the Practical Guide and workshops organised to exchange on the issues.