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The past week was a big one for artificial intelligence (AI), not because of a breakthrough in the technology or a new company launching. Rather, the good governance of AI was given a huge boost in the form of the first global standard on AI ethics.

A Unesco project presented to the world by director-general Audrey Azoulay on November 25, the framework has now officially been adopted by the 193 member countries, including SA as well as Russia and China — the two countries generally considered to be the rebellious kids lurking at the back of the school bus in this regard. Also notably, the US — where many of the world’s biggest tech companies are based — is not a member, though this may change under the Biden administration. And nor is Israel, which has a booming tech and innovation start-up scene...

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