AI Summit AtlanTec Festival

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- 17:00
Thu, May 18 2023
Theme: Deriving Value from AI and Aligning AI with our Values
10.00 Welcome – Prof. Michael Madden, University of Galway
10.10 Keynote & Q&A, Dr Abeba Birhane, UCD / Mozilla Foundation
Dr Abeba Birhane, UCD / Mozilla Foundation
Abeba Birhane (PhD) is a cognitive scientist researching human behaviour, social systems, and responsible and ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI). She is a Senior Fellow in Trustworthy AI at Mozilla Foundation. Her interdisciplinary research explores various broad themes in cognitive science, AI, ML, complexity science, and theories of decoloniality. More specifically, she examines the challenges and pitfalls of computational models and datasets.

Talk Title: Automating Injustice

Complex adaptive systems (e.g., human behaviour and social systems) are inherently dynamic, messy, ambiguous, incompressible, non-determinable, and non-predictable. Due to their incompressibility, neither datasets nor models can capture complex systems in their entirety. Instead, large scale datasets and predictive models pick up societal and historical stereotypes and injustices and are marked with various failures. Subsequently, individuals and groups at the margins of society pay the highest price when AI systems fail, while the most privileged and powerful corporations benefit. Yet, discussions of AI ethics tend to be abstract and based on visions of alternative realities far-fetched, sci-fi based, and devoid of current concrete realities.  In this talk, I: i) emphasize the challenges of modelling complex behaviour, ii) argue that equitable algorithmic systems need looking beyond technical solutions and require broader structural rethinking, and iii) highlight that visions of alternative realities need to be informed by and grounded in current realities.

11.00 Coffee and networking11.30 Guest Speaker & Q&A 12.20 Panel discussion “Deriving Value from AI and Aligning AI with our Values” 
13.00 Networking & Lunch
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