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The social responsibility of business. #BAS20


Bitkom’s working groups Artificial Intelligence and Big-Data & Advanced Analytics exchange methods not only to discuss the bigger picture or industries working with AI, but also the social consequences which come along with them. The social aspects are one of the key fields during the Summit 2020. As Kathy Baxter, the Ethical AI Practice Architect at Salesforce, says in an article: “The three big categories [for building ethics into AI] are first, creating an ethical culture; then being transparent; and then finally taking the action of removing exclusion, whether that’s in your data sets or your algorithms.”

At the Big-Data.AI Summit 2020, one of the three key areas will be Society. The topic will focus on the fields of Data Protection, Ethics, Social Consequences and Work 4.0. If you haven’t read about our other two key areas, you can catch up on these here.

When thinking of data protection, most Europeans will think about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Hereby companies question how to apply AI and still abide by new data protection regulations, like the GDPR. At the Summit, professionals all over the world will discuss how to balance data protection for end-users, as well as corporate digital responsibility and the application of big data or AI. And, data protection does not work without data security. The best-practice examples will be presented at the Summit.

Moreover, developments and applications of artificial intelligence underlie legal requirements. All internal guidelines beyond these requirements can support the development of ethical directives. However, what does a responsible application of automated decisions require? It also needs to discuss what limits the state should set to define the room for experimentation for developers. One of the most interesting questions in the field of ethics is: "Can the safety of critical AI applications be guaranteed by leaving the final decision to humans?. This and other topics will be discussed by our chosen speakers at the #BAS20. 

In the field of Social Consequences and Work 4.0, the most crucial question is how humans and machines can successfully cooperate in cognitive systems. Further still, scientists think about the kinds of guidelines and codes of conduct needed for the use of big data and for AI exist. In times where humans are afraid of the democratical system, the Big-Dat.AI Summit will debate how do AI and big data affect our society’s democratic institutions and how can they limit the spread of fake news?

We all want to know how to improve the trust in artificial intelligence because there will not be a world without it.