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Talk: "On the need of an Ethical AI Due Diligence"

Speaker: Roberto V. Zicari, professor of Database and Information Systems (DBIS) at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.


AI is becoming a sophisticated tool in the hands of a variety of stakeholders, including political leaders. Some AI applications may raise new ethical and legal questions, and in general have a significant impact on society (for the good or for the bad or for both). People's motivation plays a key role here. With AI the important question is how to avoid that it goes out of control, and how to understand how decisions are made and what are the consequences for society at large.

As Norbert Walter wrote: “Ethics is dependent on the homogeneity of society and functioning sanctions against the non-compliance of the rules”.

In this talk, I will present some preliminary thoughts on the concept of an "AI Ethical Due Diligence". This could be part of an Ethics by Design process, or if the AI has already been designed, it can be used to do an ethical sanity check, so that a certain AI Ethical standard of care is achieved. It can be used by a variety of AI stakeholders.

Short bio for Roberto V. Zicari:

Roberto V. ZicariRoberto V. Zicari is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Databases and Big Data. His interests also expands to Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the Frankfurt Big Data Lab at the Goethe University Frankfurt, and the editor of the ODBMS.org web portal and of the ODBMS Industry Watch Blog. He was for the past five years a visiting professor with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology within the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley, California.

Resources related to Roberto V. Zicari's work on Ethics and AI: www.bigdata.uni-frankfurt.de/ethics-artificial-intelligence/

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