SERIES

Conversation

DATE & TIME

12 MARCH 2019
3 – 5pm

LOCATION

THE ETHICS CENTRE
Level 1, 161 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000

PRICE

GENERAL TICKETS $30
ALLIANCE MEMBERS FREE

The Ethics Alliance: Can we trust AI to make our decisions? (Sydney)

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

Sam-Garner

Sam Garner

Sam is responsible for delivering one of Australia’s market leading and largest law student intakes, including firm-wide selection processes for vacation clerks and graduate hires for King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). She also looks after the development and management of KWM Graduate Education Program, as well as assisting practice groups with rotations, resource planning and productivity.

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.

Hilary Cinis

Hilary Cinis

Hilary Cinis has been in the emerging technology innovation sector as a designer and leader for nearly two decades. Her strengths include the application of human centred design and systems thinking to software development and business goals.

Dr Maria Milosavljevic

Maria is the inaugural Chief Data Officer for Department of Human Services (DHS), responsible for defining and implementing their data and analytics strategy. She’s an Honorary Professor at the ANU, and Chair of the Australian Computer Society Cyber Security Committee. Prior to joining DHS, Maria was the NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for building improved prevention, detection and a streamlined response to cyber security across the state.

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