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The Holberton-Turing Oath is made to gather all AI experts in the world around shared values and moral to drive them to use their skills by insuring their integrity and by avoiding any threat to any life being. 


AI becomes an important piece in driving innovation in most of the fields and soon all of them; from engineering, education, medicine, journalism, economy, marketing, finance, agriculture to social sciences for instance. We, as AI experts, have the duty, in close collaboration with citizens, corporates and governments, to make AI safe and inclusive without regard to ethnicity, gender,  culture, language, sexual orientation or age. 


The Holberton-Turing Oath is made toward evolving at any time from mutual contributions from AI experts but also philosophers, economists, leaders and any citizen in general.


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As a member of the data science and artificial intelligence profession, I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life to the service of Humanity :


Humanity & Ethics :

  • I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;

  • I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, religious beliefs, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene in duty;

  • I will not use my knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;


Data Science, Art of Artificial Intelligence, Privacy & Personal Data :

  • I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those scientists and engineers in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow;

  • I will remember that there is an art to Artificial Intelligence as well as science, and that human concerns outweigh technological ones;

  • I will respect the privacy of humans for their personal data are not disclosed to Artificial Intelligence systems so that the world may know;

  • I will remember that I am not encountering dry data, mere zeros and ones, but human beings, whose interactions with my Artificial Intelligence software may affect the person’s freedom, family, or economic stability;

  • I will respect the secrets that are confided in me;


Daily work & Etiquette :

  • I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;

  • I will foster the honor and noble traditions of the data science and artificial intelligence profession;

  • I will give to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due;

  • I will share my knowledge for the benefit of the people and the advancement of Data-Science and Artificial Intelligence;

  • I will consider the impact of my work on fairness both in perpetuating historical biases, which is caused by the blind extrapolation from past data to future predictions, and in creating new conditions that increase economic or other inequality;

  • I make these promises to create Artificial Intelligence, first, to collaborate with people for the greater good, rather than usurp the human role and supplant them;


I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.


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Frances Elizabeth "Betty" Holberton (March 7, 1917 – December 8, 2001) was one of the 6 original programmers of ENIAC, the 1st general-purpose electronic digital computer, and was the inventor of breakpoints in computer debugging. (photo courtesy P. Holberton)


Alan Mathison Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

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