THE BIG PICTURE
“As many organizations are still learning how best to adopt and leverage AI capabilities, it’s not surprising that ethical frameworks are often missing from the ‘trustworthy AI’ equation. To better scale AI governance over time and to better reduce algorithm bias, leading organizations are approaching AI ethics proactively by embedding ethical frameworks into all AI efforts as a matter of practice.” -- Irfan Saif (Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory principal and Deloitte AI leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP)As a result of the consumer and employee backlash and increased scrutiny by the media and governments, there is now a growing demand for incorporating ethical considerations into products and services involving big data, AI and machine learning. Companies are beginning to seriously address and invest in developing ethical AI practices and products (to not do so is certain self-destruction).
According to new research by Deloitte which polled over 600 c-level executives at companies that use AI across the country, AI ethics is a priority for c-suite executives but they are also struggling to figure out how to implement them: "Nearly half (48.5%) of C-suite and other executives at organizations that use AI expect to increase AI use for risk management and compliance efforts in the year ahead, yet, only 21.1% of respondents report that their organizations have an ethical framework in place for AI use."
In the past 5 years alone, almost 100 private companies, research institutions, governments, and public sector organizations around the world have published principles and guidelines for the ethical use and governance of AI (and the number is growing quickly). But not all ethics guidelines are developed equally—or ethically. Many guidelines don't take into account the cultural and social differences that are the foundation of our everyday decision-making, and they make troubling assumptions about what “ethical human behavior” is.
Employees and job-seekers who have a working knowledge or understanding of the ethical challenges of AI and the evolving AI ethics landscape will have a big advantage over those who don't. KPMG named the role of AI ethicists one of the top 5 AI hires companies need to succeed in 2019. Accelerating technological advancements has created an increased demand for professionals with this expertise that will continue to grow in the coming years.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?The course is designed for professionals at multiple levels throughout the organization and across sectors including technical as well as non-technical experts. The AI ethics umbrella includes technologists (engineers, programmers, coders, etc.), economists, social scientists, neuropsychologists, teachers, leaders, legislators, and more. This course is for everyone from students to executives, from lawyers to PhD technologists, from marketers to product managers, and of course, entrepreneurs. AI ethics touches every part of society and literally every job in the workforce. together.
COURSE OBJECTIVESThis course will provide a hands-on, interactive overview and analysis of global AI ethics guidelines and how companies are developing ethical guidelines to reshape their innovation, marketing and sales strategies (not to mention their employee and customer engagement).
For those employees developing AI, it is essential that they learn best strategies for identifying and mitigating the ethical risks of AI tools. For employees charged with discovering and/or procuring AI solutions from vendors, or for those charged with developing an AI strategy, it is essential that they do so with a clear understanding of the risks they will incur and an understanding of how to avoid them. And it is important for everyone to understand how AI ethics guidelines are being developed around the world so that companies here in the US that sell AI-powered software and services to other nations can know what to expect and how their AI ethics differs from ours.
The goals of this course include:
- Educating participants on the ethical and reputational risks of AI;
- Educating participants on what companies and governments are currently doing about these issues;
- Engaging participants in a way that allows them to take these concerns to colleagues and bosses at work and to own those conversations;
- Training participatings to think critically and to ask the questions and create the processes they need to create so that their respective companies do not harm society or their own brands as they deploy AI.
- Define what an AI Ethicist is and isn't;
- Provide a overview of the global AI ethics ecosystem;
- Review how companies can set the right "AI ethics" tone at the top of the organization;
- Assess the individual and corporate responsibilities related to AI deployment;
- Examine existing frameworks and challenge normative assumptions and expectations;
- Outline how to operationalize these AI ethics guidelines;
- Explore how we can ensure that AI technologies are ethically designed;
- Show how to iron out biases from algorithms that determine job promotions;
- Show how companies create AI Ethics Committees that are effective and where they make mistakes;
- Review how to alert product teams on what to look for in monitoring AI solutions for ethical compliance;
- Explore how to put a plan in place to educate a company's workforce on AI ethics.
METHODOLOGYThis course combines formal instruction with both individual exercises to build and test skills (quiz, brief writing assignment, etc.) and social, group breakout exercises. Attendees will also be required to interact in our private, online forum (access granted after registration). This course is practical and interactive, with plenty of time for questions.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course and its requirements, students will receive a physical and digital Certificate of Completion signed by Tech 2025 and Dr. Reid Blackman.
INSTRUCTOR BIOReid Blackman was gripped by ethical problems the first semester of his first year in college over 20 years ago. Countless hours later, after reading, arguing, and teaching about ethics, he’s still hungry for more. While his early research concerned issues largely contained within the ivory tower, his research has become increasingly action-orientated, particularly as it concerns the ethics of emerging technologies and institutions like governments and corporations. Reid is a Senior Advisor to Ernst & Young and is a Founding Member of EY’s AI Advisory Board. He also sits on the committee for “Methods to Guide Ethical Research and Design” for the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and is a member of the European Union Artificial Intelligence Alliance. He has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Texas in Austin, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Colgate University. When he isn’t doing ethics you can find him with his wife and children, unless there’s rock climbing to be done.
THE VIRTUE NETWORKThe Virtue Network is comprised of over 60 professional ethicists from all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Italy, India, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and China. An astounding 68% of the team has a Ph.D. and 21% hold Master’s degrees. Members of the team actively do research and publish on artificial intelligence, biotechnologies, medical ethics, robotics, gender, race, finance, business ethics, social and political philosophy, psychology, the mind, the law, and well-being.
PREREQUISITESThere are no prerequisites for the course. Both technical and non-technical professionals from all backgrounds are welcome. This course is designed to challenge and engage everyone, regardless of level of expertise or background.
REQUIREDSeveral exercises will take place in the online course forum. Please bring a laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other digital device to get online access to materials and exercises, and to engage in the course forum during class (web and mobile based). Login credentials will be emailed to participants after registration. If you have any questions or need additional information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Recent WSJ article featuring Reid: "NYC Coffee Startup Tamps Down on Bro Culture by Hiring Philosopher"
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Two Dates Available: January 8 (5pm-9pm) OR January 29 (5pm-9pm)
Registration limited to 35 people.
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