LOS ANGELES, CA — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), announced its Core Principles for the Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies in the entertainment industry, Wednesday. The move follows the union’s creation of an Commission on Artificial Intelligence in May.
These principles reflect IATSE’s proactive approach to face the challenges and opportunities presented by AI and ML head-on. “Our approach as a union must be comprehensive, focused on research, collaboration, education, political and legislative advocacy, organizing, and collective bargaining,” states the document.
“With AI, the stakes for IATSE members in all crafts is high. There is much work to do, but I am pleased to report the union’s efforts are already well underway,” said IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb.
On Friday June 30, IATSE Political and Legislative Director Tyler McIntosh joined senior Biden-Harris Administration officials and leaders from the broader labor movement for a discussion of the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for workers, unions, the quality of jobs, and the future of work. Readout of White House Listening Session with Union Leaders on Advancing Responsible Artificial Intelligence Innovation | The White House
Additionally, the IATSE Education and Training Department released a LinkedIn Learning Path to provide IATSE workers with information regarding the fundamentals of current Artificial Intelligence technologies to better understand how these technologies could affect the labor movement, the entertainment industry, and the workers the union represents. The IATSE Training Trust Fund provides members with free LinkedIn learning accounts, and the path may be accessed when members login to their accounts.