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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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The author together with "Dr. Skywater", Makoto Murase

Rainwater Harvesting in Bangladesh

In 2017 I visited various NGO projects in Bangladesh. Upon return to Switzerland I wrote a piece on a method to harvest rainwater in order to secure the supply of healthy water. The article was originally published in the Bangladesh newspaper Daily Sun on February 7, 2018.

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The market only accepts bunches of 5 perfect bananas. 50% of the mini bananas in Costa Rica go to waste (source: private)

Getting to the root of food waste in bananas

The food waste of bananas created by consumers is only the tip of the iceberg. Even more waste is created at the farm level, where up to 40% of bananas are put to waste. The high percentage of waste at farm level puts an additional strain on the cost/income ratio of farmers.

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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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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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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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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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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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Banana truck at a Chiquita plantation near La Lima (HON) (source: private picture).

The costs of lowering social standards

In 2014 Chiquita paid their workers in Honduras private health insurance which cost them a total of 1 million USD per year. Quite a lot of money for a company close to bankruptcy. A few weeks ago they wanted to lower the level of health care services. As a result, workers went on strike for more than 40 days. Bananas worth 30 million USD could not be exported. Is this really worth it?

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