Wo(man) and machine – who makes the decisions and why?

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Panel discussion on ethics and artificial intelligence.

Companies are developing applications of artificial intelligence (AI) that affect our every day life, including our employment, health care, education and transportation. Recently published articles and studies demonstrate that unintentional biases have been introduced in these AI applications not only by the algorithms, but also by the data that is used for the learning and eventually the decision process of these algorithms. These biases may result in someone not being hired or promoted or even worse, not properly treated for an illness due to the lack of diversity and inclusion in the development of the algorithms and the data.

What can or should public good play in development of these applications? How do we ensure that the algorithms and the data sets are developed by people with different backgrounds and not by a small, possibly myopic group?

Please join WCT Waterloo Region Chapter on June 25, 2019 as a panel of experts, including Dr. Neil Randall, Executive Director of Games Institute at the University of Waterloo and a member of the UWaterloo Ethics CommitteeProfessor Maura Grossman, Director of Women in Computer Science at UWaterloo and pioneer in eDiscovery; Sheldon Fernandez, CEO of DarwinAI; and Dr. Rozita Dara, Principal Investigator of Data Management and Privacy Governance research program at the University of Guelph. The panel will be moderated by Sarah Shortreed, an accomplished senior technology executive, who along with the panelists, will engage with the audience in a discussion on these important issues and what we can do as individuals to ensure ethical, diversified and inclusive AI deployments. Drink and light refreshments are included along with networking before and following the discussion.

Event details:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 5:30 pm - 8:30pm

*New location: Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Blvd, West entrance, 1st Floor view map

Ticket prices: $25 for WCT members, $40 for non-members, $15 for student WCT members, $20 for student non-members (to get your student discount code, please email WCTwaterloo@wct-fct.com)

Panel members:

Sarah Shortreed 

Sarah has global experience in many industries and executive roles spanning business consulting, complex multi-stakeholder program management, operations, P&L, sales, customer relationship management and product management.  Sarah was most recently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Bruce Power.  Before joining Bruce Power in 2013, Sarah was a VP at BlackBerry, responsible for strategy, planning, procurement, process improvement and business continuity across four of RIM's operating units. Sarah also spent over a decade with IBM in leadership roles such as project and program management; outsourcing; business transformation / process re-engineering; and strategy consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree, Mechanical, from the University of Western Ontario.  Sarah sits on the Board of Governors for the University of Western Ontario, the Digital Advisory Board to the CIO Branch of the Treasury Board of Canada, and is the Chair of the CIO Committee at the Conference Board of Canada.  Sarah recently completed a term on the Board of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).


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June 25th, 2019 5:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
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