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Category: aiethics

Is there business ethics in Clubhouse?

What can AI ethics learn from business ethics? What’s the ethics of Clubhouse, if any? Is the Robinhood app undermining free will? And how can tech companies create an ethical business culture? Listen to my thoughts in this interview.

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Robin Hood (the Sherwood Forest version) would be disappointed by his Silicon Valley-Wallstreet namesake. (Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash)

Robinhood: democratized finance on shaky ground

More than 900 years after the heroic figure Robin Hood set out to steal from the rich and give to the poor, two American entrepreneurs borrowed his name to establish a fintech company that claims to “democratize finance for all”. But the new Robinhood’s claim of ‘democracy’ is on shaky ground. Just as the company can make financial markets accessible to everyone, it can also deny access within a split second. This is what happened when they shut down Gamestop trading on January 28, 2021. Thousands of investors were presented with a fait accompli.

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“AI is a tool, not a right. It’s not an end in itself”

“We might trust machines more than people when we communicate with them but this is dangerous because behind every machine there are the people that create it”. Just one of my statements from my lively talk with Kimberly Misquitta from Indian chatbot company Engati.

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Fake it till you make it: AI and Hype

The Algo 2020 conference invited me on a panel discussion titled “Fake it till you make it – AI and Hype”. My 4 key points:
1. AI hype does not question the very purpose of AI.
2. AI hype is linked to misleading promises.
3. AI hype directs energy at something that is barely tangible.
4. AI hype exaggerates the capabilities of AI when effectively humans are still doing most of the work.

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Podiumsdiskussion Cybathlon 2020 - Inklusion durch Technik

“Die Stärke einer Technologie bemisst sich an ihrem Beitrag zum Wohl der Schwachen”

“Technische Innovation verschafft Menschen mit Behinderung idealerweise Erleichterungen. Gleichzeitig hilft sie Menschen mit Behinderungen, den Erwartungen der Gesellschaft gerecht zu werden. Aber sie steigert eben diese Erwartungen auch – denn sie verändert, was in der Gesellschaft «normal» ist” So lautet eine meiner Aussagen im Rahmen meines Impulsreferates beim Cybathlon 2020, auf dem Podium von Pro Infirmis.

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Nachhaltigkeit: von Daten zu Taten

Auf ConnectaTV spreche ich mit Aileen Zumstein über den «Messwahn» in der Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte, über den «Rückzug in die Intuition», über low hanging fruit und Oberflächenkosmetik, sowie die Bedeutung von Prinzipien und Unvermeidlichkeit von Abwägungen.

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“There is no Responsible Tech without accountability”

There is a divide between those working on Responsible Tech inside companies and those criticizing from the outside. We need to bridge the two worlds, which requires more open-mindedness and the willingness to overcome potential prejudices. The back and forth between ‘ethics washing’ and ‘ethics bashing’ is taking up too much space.

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Ethics in the tech sector: what makes it so distinctive?

Kate O’Neill is a global thought leader, author, keynote speaker, strategic advisor, and “tech humanist”. We talked about connecting the dots between AI ethics, privacy, climate change, CSR, ESG, contact tracing, carbon offsetting and much more, including quite some laughter.

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Ethical debates sparked by Covid19: my thoughts as part of the UNESCO Forum

UNESCO Forum invited me as a speaker to share my thoughts on the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic has sparked fundamental ethical debates. Think of the terrifying reports from hospitals in Italy in Spring 2020. Intensive care units were overrun with patients. There were not enough ventilators. And suddenly we asked ourselves: What is the value of a human life?

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AI and sustainability: a solution or part of the problem?

Environmental sustainability is one of the most promising domains to deploy ‘AI for Good’. The environment is an excellent use case for collecting and analyzing data that help us to better understand and address key environmental challenges. In contrast to the use of AI in ‘human settings’, you typically don’t run into problems of privacy and discrimination when using it for environmental purposes.

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San Francisco, home of OpenAI. Photo by Hardik Pandya on Unsplash

Why AI really needs social scientists

OpenAI states that in order to assure a rigorous design and implementation of this experiment, they need social scientists from a variety of disciplines. The title immediately caught my attention given that the kind of “AI ethics” I am dealing with hinges on an interdisciplinary approach to AI. So, I sat down and spent a couple of hours to read through the whole paper.

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Protest against US President Trump in Washington D.C. Photo by roya ann miller on Unsplash

Algorithmic decision-making and social division

Reading a report on “Discrimination, Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Decision-Making”, I wondered to what degree algorithmic decision-making could serve to further exacerbate discrimination in already deeply divided societies. If we want AI in general and algorithmic decision-making in particular to flourish and to contribute to the common good rather than promote or exacerbate division, we need to work towards creating societies where all members have genuine freedom and equal opportunities in their choice of lifestyles and identities regardless of their protected characteristics.

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What makes AI ethicists “the top hire companies need to succeed”?

KPMG ranked “AI ethicist” as one of the “top 5 AI hires companies need to succeed in 2019”. That’s good news for an ‘old business ethicist’ like me. However, there is no common understanding whether we need AI ethicists in the first place, and whether creating such a profile inevitably leads to “machinewashing”. I address these concerns and argue what it takes to really make AI ethicists a top hire.

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