Category: csr

  • Podcasts – my thoughts on ethics on air

    Podcasts – my thoughts on ethics on air

    Hosts from all over the world invite me to share my thoughts on ethics, artificial intelligence, data protection, sustainability or my personal career. Podcasts are a great opportunity to present my views and convictions in a structured and understandable manner. Every single one of these conversations has been an eye-opener for myself as well.

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  • Cryptocurrencies and ESG? Mission impossible

    Cryptocurrencies and ESG? Mission impossible

    Cryptocurrencies are booming; many of them are based on extremely energy-intensive mining processes. At the same time, we are under pressure to drastically reduce global emissions consumption, keyword ESG. These two trends are not compatible.

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  • Is there business ethics in Clubhouse?

    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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  • Rainwater Harvesting in Bangladesh

    Rainwater Harvesting in Bangladesh

    In 2017 I visited various NGO projects in Bangladesh and India in my role at the time as a board member of the Buchi Foundation. Upon return to Switzerland I wrote a piece on one of the projects together with Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, who was field coordinator of HELVETAS at the time. The…

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  • Getting to the root of food waste in bananas

    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”

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

    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?

    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…

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

    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…

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  • The costs of lowering social standards

    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…

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