AI and data science leaders to discuss digital ethics at April #FutureMakers

Deborah Raji

The April edition of RBC’s FutureMakers Talks series will focus on one of the hottest tech topics of 2019: digital ethics.

AI, machine learning, and deep learning all require data, and lots of it. It’s no surprise that as these emerging technologies rise in prominence, so too do questions of how that data is used, and what needs to be done to safeguard individual privacy.

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Given the weekly news revelations of tech behaving badly, it’s obvious the industry requires a strong ethical framework to move forward. But what are the components of that framework? And can we trust tech companies to self-regulate their use and collection of data?

Taking place April 24th, the FutureMakers will feature talks on these questions from Google AI student researcher, Deborah Raji (pictured above), Masoud Hashemi, Senior Data Scientist at RBC, GoldSpot Discoveries Chief Data Strategist, Sarah Sun, and Helen Kontozopoulos, co-founder of ODAIA.AI, a data analytics, process mining and machine learning platform for enterprise sales optimization.

Helen Kontozopoulos

Helen Kontozopoulos

Also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Kontozopoulos and her team developed ODAIA’s core data mining and prediction algorithms at UofT with the support of its IP accelerator UTEST. Her talk will focus on ethics as it relates to emerging technologies.

“If we start thinking about digital ethics in our organizations, we need to ask ourselves: what does it mean to create transparency in the technologies we are using?” Kontozopoulos told BetaKit. “Are they accessible and accountable, to us, our employees, and customers?”

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BetaKit is a FutureMakers media partner. Feature image: Deborah Raji.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.