Issue 5: What is AI Ethics Really?

tl:dr There is no ethics in AI without you

AI ethics has become a fast growing area of AI. An obvious reason is that the data that trains AI is biased. Read on if you want to find the less obvious reason.


I have been inspired by several amazing women in AI Ethics who are spearheading a different aspect of AI Ethics each. Each of these women have career pivoted to AI Ethics from different backgrounds and different motivations.

Susanna Raj came from being a psychologist who interned at Intel and raised questions about the agency of passengers in self-driving cars.

Renée Cummings is a Criminologist turned Data Activist at the University of Virginia and Urban AI Regulator.

Rebekah Tweed came from doing PR for the music industry and questioned facial recognition in live events and is now is Senior Editor, Ethically Aligned Design Editorial Network at IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative.

Ana Chubinidze did a project about Ethics regulation for UN and pivoted to help on businesses access risk from AI ethics.

What is common in all AI Ethicists work?

All AI Ethicists call for privacy and agency of humans. And they do their work by driving discussions with a diverse set of people.

This is where you come in!

Two AI Ethics Events Calling You:

  1. TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (watch on YouTube Live or come watch the replay )

    Feb 16, 2021 9am pt/18cet: LAUNCH of the Oxford Institute for Ethics in AI: Introduced by the Vice Chancellor. Chaired by Prof John Tasioulas. Speakers Prof Joshua Cohen (Apple University), Prof Hélène Landemore (Yale University) and Prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Computer Science, Oxford)

  2. Forum 2 on NYPD use of Suveillance Technologies

    Feb 17th 3pm pt/6pm et: This is Part 2 of an open discussion about NYPD’s use and impact on technologies used for surveillance which has an open comment period for New Yorkers till Feb 25th. This is a followup to the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technologies (POST) law passed by NY city council in June 2020.

    Juyoun Han did a fantastic job as moderator last week in the Forum 1 session with a panel with lawyers and technologists and is planning this one with an ex-NYPD chief and NYU Law Professor. The diverse voices of the audience was very thought provoking. So I plan to attend. Will you join me?

Why and How of AI Ethics?

After teaching about value creation from data in Autonomous Vehicles, IoT and AI, I have teaching AI Ethics to help my students understand their power and responsibility in building Tech. This year, I have begun teaching AI Ethics at Barcelona Technology School (thanks to the classes being online). It has been a lot of case studies and different discussions in three different masters programs - Masters in UX Design, Masters in Big Data and Masters in Digital Transformation Leadership.

I focus on three AI Ethics Principles:

1. Data Ethics & Bias (Fairness)

2. Data Privacy (Trust)

3. Responsible AI  (Transparency)

Become a Privacy Investigator by playing with Pace University’s Pi Ethical Dilemma tool

Try the Pi online privacy dilemma challenge for free.

Or try making some moral decisions with self-driving cars from MIT here.

Tell me how was your experience. Do you want to hear more about AI Ethics and I am happy to write more on this topic.

If you work on this topic or aspire to career pivot to AI Ethics, I would love to hear from you.

Remember, I am here to help!

And be sure to tell your friends!