Ethics Washing & Artificial Intelligence
What is Ethics Washing in Artificial Intelligence? How to address and regulate it?
Just like in other technological domains, in recent years there has been a proliferation of ethical guidelines and declarations in Artificial Intelligence. Private companies, public organizations and researchers are increasingly expected to demonstrate their awareness of these standards and to show intentions and plans on how to apply them.
The main narrative is that, because of the ever increasing presence of AI systems in our daily lives, the ethical and societal risks of AI need to be addressed. This is why many organizations have now written their own charters of values, codes of conduct in AI, and declaration of principles.
However, in line with what has been observed with Sustainability (and other domains), some organizations and individuals in the field of AI might pretend having an interest in Ethics for various reasons. This practice, called “ethics washing”, can often occur in the absence of strong regulation – but not only. Ethics can be used as a non-binding tool to publicly demonstrate good intentions – while not necessarily meeting these claimed commitments. Beyond the virtue-signaling efforts and potential marketing strategies, this event will take a closer look at this phenomenon, especially questioning how to address this issue from a regulatory, scientific and societal point of view.
This event is organized by FARI – AI for the Common Goood Institute (ULB-VUB, Brussels), jointly with the Law Science Technology and Society Group (VUB). It will be animated by Simone Casiraghi (LSTS). Our panel of experts:
Dominic Martin, Professor in Applied Ethics, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Pr Sylvie Delacroix, The Alan Turing Institute, United Kingdom
Dr Katherine O’Keefe, Castlebridge, Ireland