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Conversation

DATE & TIME

20 MARCH 2019
3 – 5pm

LOCATION

MACQUARIE BANK
Level 23
101 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

PRICE

GENERAL TICKETS $30
ALLIANCE MEMBERS FREE

Alliance: Can we trust AI to make our decisions? (Melbourne)

Already we’re outsourcing many of our key business decisions to Artificial Intelligence – from data extraction to retail analysis to recruitment. Some we’re aware of, others may surprise you.

As organisations that care about raising the standards of business, how can we be sure of the ethical integrity of the technologies we employ?

The increased use of AI has real potential to further embed biases – notably age, gender and race – within the systems we rely on. Between 2014 and 2017 Amazon tried to build an algorithmic system to analyze resumes and suggest the best hires. An anonymous Amazon employee called it the “holy grail” if it actually worked.

But it didn’t. After the company trained the algorithm on 10 years of its own hiring data, the algorithm reportedly became biased against female applicants. The word “women,” like in women’s sports, would cause the algorithm to specifically rank applicants lower. After Amazon engineers attempted to fix that problem, the algorithm still wasn’t up to snuff and the project was ended.

What responsibilities do organisations have for the ethical integrity of the technologies they employ? And how might these obligations be discharged?

*This event is open to all, but is free for Alliance members. If your organisation is a member of the Alliance, simply select the member option via the ticket link above. Non-members can purchase tickets for the event.

Speakers

Bridget-Bainbridge

Dr Bridget Bainbridge

Dr Bridget Bainbridge is recognised as an international privacy expert. Bridget’s background in information policy and regulation extends over twenty years. She has developed of a number of pieces of Australian privacy legislation and shaped the National Privacy Principles, the forerunner to the Australian Privacy Principles.

Tiberio Caetano

Tiberio Caetano

Tiberio has spent the last 20 years working on machine learning in numerous roles as a student, researcher, academic, entrepreneur and practitioner; collaborating with individuals and organisations across the world. He believes the path to a more ethical world is through a deeper understanding of the cause and effect relationships between actions and wellbeing.

Nicolas Hohn

Nicolas Hohn

Nicolas is a Senior Expert at McKinsey, and the Chief Data Scientist for QuantumBlack Australia, a McKinsey boutique subsidiary focusing on advanced analytics and artificial intelligence. Nicolas has also worked as Director of Analytics for a Big Data analytics start-up in California. He holds a PhD in statistical signal processing and a MSc in neuroscience from the University of Melbourne.

Who is it for?


  • ALLIANCE LEADERS
  • ALLIANCE MEMBERS
  • THE CHANGEMAKER
  • THE LEADER

What you'll take away


  • 01AN UNDERSTANDING OF ETHICS AND ETHICAL ISSUES YOU FACE AT WORK
  • 02COLLABORATIVELY EXPLORE SOLUTIONS
  • 03HOW CRUCIAL ETHICS IS TO BUSINESS
  • 04TECH’S POTENTIAL FOR GOOD - AND EVIL

Things to think about