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ELSA Labs for Human Centric Innovation in AI

The purpose of this paper is to draw from existing knowledge and experience to underpin the deployment of ELSA Labs as part of the AiNed programme by the Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC). Ethical Legal Societal Aspects (ELSA) Labs aim to see to the development and deployment of ‘human centric AI’, in line with the European focus on AI applications that respect fundamental rights and public values. The National Growth Fund aimed at stimulating long term economic growth and resilience embraced this approach and granted a substantial initial financial allocation of around 10 million euro dedicated to ELSA Labs. The Growth Fund recommends, in addition, to work with the models of Society Readiness Levels and Pathways to Impact, to include all societal and economic stakeholders from the start of AI development.