February 25, 2021

An Eventful Week in AI Ethics

This week we chat about the recent New Yorker article 'Who Should Stop Unethical AI, Google firing their co-leads of Ethical AI and we bring back the conversation about publishing unethical research. 


Article: Who Should Stop Unethical AI? 

Is AI sustainable?  

What is the carbon footprint and long term sustainability of machine learning? This week we look at an academic paper 'Energy and Policy Considerations for Deep Learning in NLP' by Emma Strubell, Ananya Ganesh and Andrew McCallum from the University of Massachusetts. 

Will robots take over the world and come and get us? Can machines have feeling? 

This week we discuss how we got into the space of Ethical AI and defining what ethical AI actually is in practical terms. 

Why is combating online hate speech so hard? How do we get to a safe space on social media?

We are back with Zeerak Waseem for the second part of our conversation about online hate speech. Zeerak is currently a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. He researches and specialises in online hate speech. 

Disclaimer: we might have gone off topic and got political again.. 

January 28, 2021

Sorry To Get Political

What should Big Tech do about hate speech online? What CAN they do?

This week we are joined by Zeerak Waseem, who researches and specialises in online hate speech. Zeerak is currently a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. Full disclosure: we go completely off-track.


January 21, 2021

Is Trust All You Need?

Is trust the make-or-break ingredient in the future of AI? This week we continue our exploration of the EU's Guidelines for Trustworthy AI and discuss the importance of trust in AI systems.

In the podcast we mention the work of the Z - Inspection led by Dr. Roberto V. Zicari from the Frankfurt Big Data Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Below we have linked the published AI Ethics Evaluation by James Brusseau, who is part of the research team for the AI medical research mentioned


This week we discuss a paper where researchers detect moral values from people's writing. Is a Myers-Briggs test for morality the next step in employee vetting? 

Paper linked in article here 

Happy New Year! This week we have another amazing guest joining us. Mark Durkee from the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. In this episode Mark will be discussing the recent report that CDEI published: Review into Bias in Algorithmic decision-making.
  • Mark Durkee works for the Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation, leading a portfolio of work including the recently published Review into Bias in Algorithmic Decision-Making. Prior to joining CDEI in 2019, he worked in a variety of technology strategy, architecture and cyber security roles in the UK government, as a software engineer, and completed a PhD in theoretical physics.
  • The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) is an independent expert committee, led by a board of specialists, set up and tasked by the UK government to investigate and advise on how we maximise the benefits of these technologies. Our goal is to create the conditions in which ethical innovation can thrive: an environment in which the public are confident their values are reflected in the way data-driven technology is developed and deployed; where we can trust that decisions informed by algorithms are fair; and where risks posed by innovation are identified and addressed. More information about CDEI can be found at www.gov.uk/cdei.  

Feliz Navidad everyone - our Christmas episode is here. Expect laughter, mince pies and mulled wine as we both reflect on the craziness of 2020 as well as the best and worst moments in ethical AI. 

BONUS EP! We have Ivana Bartoletti joining us for a compelling conversation about the use of our data and racist / sexist AI. 

Ivana Bartoletti is Technical Director, Privacy at Deloitte, and an internationally recognised thought leader in the field of responsible technology. Author of "An Artificial Revolution, on Power, Politics and AI", she starts a Visiting Policy Fellowship at Oxford University on international flows of data in January 2021, alongside her full time job. She is founder of the influential Women Leading in AI network. 

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