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Can Complex Society Be Reduced to Simplistic Binary Stereotypes?

Thursday, May 27, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the Event

In 2015 Northpointe introduced the COMPAS algorithm. More recently, companies have released video analysis products claiming to be able to identify emotions and “employability” from faces. In each of these cases, the perceived objectiveness of algorithmic systems is used to justify applying population statistics to assessments on individuals with no scientific causal basis for the inferences; in other words, stereotyping.

In a world where AI algorithms have moved from toy tasks to influencing life-altering decisions, the development and use of AI must consider not only its technical challenges, but also social ramifications.
Responsible development and use of AI must translate conceptual ideals of ethical AI principles into practical choices: how should optimal performance be defined; how should it be measured; which data is appropriate; and who should have a say in these decisions?

In this presentation Koene will discuss some of the most common ethical issues encountered with the use of AI and recent developments to address these through guidance, standards and regulation.


About the Speaker

Ansgar Koene is a Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader at Ernst & Young, where he supports the AI Lab’s policy activities on trusted AI. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (University of Nottingham) where he contributes to the policy impact and public engagement activities of the Institute and the ReEnTrust and UnBias projects. As part of this work Koene has provided evidence to parliamentary inquiries, co-authored a report on Bias in Algorithmic Decision-Making for the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and was lead author of a Science Technology Options Assessment report for the European Parliament on “a Governance Framework for Algorithmic Accountability and Transparency.”

Koene chairs the IEEE P7003 Standard for Algorithmic Bias Considerations working group and has served as the Bias Focus Group leader for the IEEE Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS.)

He is a trustee for the 5Rgiths Foundation for the Rights of Young People Online and is part of the 5Rights Digital Futures Committee.


Martin Huarte Espinosa
Associate Director
HPE Data Science Institute