Ethics Alliance Event - Can we trust AI to make our decisions? - Sydney

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The Ethics Centre

Level 1, Legion House

161 Castlereagh Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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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?

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Sam Garner
National Manager, Graduate Resourcing Strategy & Learning | King & Wood Mallesons

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.

Hilary Cinis
Acting Director of Engineering and Design and Head of User Experience at Data61|CSIRO

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.

Since 2011, Hilary has led large teams of engineers, data scientists, user experience researchers and designers as well as product and project managers in to create scalable, robust data enabling technologies. Her work spans privacy and sensitive data through to open data and delivers workable discovery, access and analytics solutions for customers and markets.

Tiberio Caetano
Chief Scientist Gradient Institute

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.

In 2012 he co-founded Ambiata which empowers large B2C companies to drive mass personalisation via artificial intelligence and machine learning software. As Chief Scientist he led the design of decision-making algorithms that have touched millions of consumers across several industries, including banking, telecommunications, media, insurance, and retail.

Dr Maria Milosavljevic
Chief Data Officer for Department of Human Services

Maria is the inaugural Chief Data Officer for Department of Human Services (DHS). She's responsible for defining and implementing the data and analytics strategy - including appropriate data management, use and innovation - as well as creating the right environment and collaborative arrangements to support this. She is also an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, and Chair of the Australian Computer Society Cyber Security Committee. Prior to moving to 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.

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Light refreshments will be served.

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161 Castlereagh Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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