AI & ethics - a discussion

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Where: Foo Café, sign-up via

When: Tue 15 Jan 2019 at 17.30 (Malmö/Stockholm time)

The European Union has established an expert group of 52 individuals that put their heads together and discussed an ethical approach to AI, AI systems and its future implementations. On the 18th of December 2018, they have published a first working document for a guideline on ethics for trustworthy AI. This document is open for commentary until the 18th of January 2019.

The draft is divided in three main areas:

(I) Guidance for Ensuring Ethical Purpose (II) Guidance for Realising Trustworthy AI (III) Guidance for Assessing Trustworthy AI

As a short explanation of the three areas, see below: (I) Ensure respect of fundamental rights, principles and values, when developing, deploying and using AI. (II) Ensure implementation of ethical purpose as well as technical robustness when developing, deploying and using AI. Identify requirements trustworthy AI and continuously evaluate, address and assess them (especially in the Design and Use phase). Use technical and non-technical measures for this.

  1. Accountability
  2. Data Governance
  3. Design for all
  4. Governance of AI Autonomy (Human oversight)
  5. Non-Discrimination
  6. Respect for (& Enhancement of) Human Autonomy
  7. Respect for Privacy
  8. Robustness
  9. Safety
  10. Transparency

(III) Assessment list for Trustworthy AI based on tailored use cases, and thus the list would never be exhaustive but will continuously evolve depending on a specific use case.

We would like to go through the draft with you and together discuss certain areas, agree or disagree or come up with our own ideas. I have registered and been approved to access the European AI Alliance community where I could submit comments on the draft (if this is a desired outcome of the discussion).

There are for example sections in the draft where the expert group did not manage to agree on, and thus encourages to contribute to the discussion. One area for example is the consideration of the future of AI, or as say call it “Potential longer-term concerns”. As the expert group states, future guesses of what AI is capable of and can be used for, are highly speculative while impact on society could be rather high when thinking about consciousness, AI warfare etc.

A very interesting discussion indeed!

So join us for a lively discussion on ethics, fundamental human rights, future prospects of AI, regulations and all that comes with it.


17:30 - Meet & greet

17:45 - 18:30 review of draft + discussion part 1

break: food & drinks

19:00 - 19:45 review of draft + discussion part 1

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