A new era of ethical governance - 8 March


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Today, technology can spot fraudulent transactions in the blink of an eye, and read-out your genome from a few stray cells in less than a day. But we have yet to come to a social consensus on who owns an individual’s DNA and also how private medical data can be collected and shared - as shown by the ICO ruling on the Royal Free’s clinical testing of Google DeepMind’s Streams app. In addition, Uber is fighting legal battles on all fronts and many of the giant platforms are facing a backlash over their business practices.

There’s a lot of noise about the employment effects of AI and an algorithmic economy and yet the conversation on the ethical challenges of this new AI economy is still emerging. This shift fundamentally questions business and socio-economic philosophy, and governance processes will need to be rewritten as fast as algorithms are developed to ensure public trust and confidence in AI-enabled innovation.

Join us for this audience led ‘campfire’ session which will place the algorithms driving the new economy under scrutiny, discussing the fundamentals of new and necessary approaches to business oversight and governance:

  • When life chances and business decisions are determined by machines, who is to blame when it all goes wrong?
  • What role do business leaders have to play in being able to effectively oversee and make informed decisions?
  • Do we need to re-evaluate how we store, use and protect data in light of this importance of oversight?
  • What steps can businesses put in place to reap the rewards of big data in an open and ethical way?
  • What’s in place now and what should be in place to govern AI in terms of a democratic and ethical approach? Is regulation the only answer?
  • Where’s the line between innovation and breaking new ground and ethical and compliant behaviour, even where the regulations are not yet created?

With the recent launch of Google DeepMind’s Ethics & Society research unit and the Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, now is the time for an in-depth discussion on these issues and the steps that businesses can put in place to manage associated risk while still pursuing necessary innovations for which there is no legal and regulatory precedent.

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Taylor Vinters
Tower 42, 33rd Floor
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ



Thursday 8 March 2018 from 3.30pm to 6pm followed by drinks and networking

Who should be involved?

Senior business leaders including those responsible for the strategic direction of their business - CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs, GCs, Global HRDs, founders.

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