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Ethical and responsible AI in the human/social service sector - a few presentations (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
March 10, 2023

I'm sure I'll be posting more and more on AI. It's all some folks are talking about. Through it all, I'll try to keep myself focused, and these posts focused, on ensuring that we're not just diving into the hype. But that we look at AI just like we should look at any technology, existing or emerging. With an ethical and responsible lens.

Here are a few good starting points:

Algorithms for Good? Unlocking Social Transformation with AI

In this October 2021 session HelpSeeker hosted a panel discussion on the current state, opportunities, and risks inherent in using advanced technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, to measure, predict and drive social change. Panelists unpacked questions about equity, ethics, efficacy, and capacity, provided a roadmap for the advancement of AI-driven decision-making in the social safety net and consider: what next? The session learning goals were for participants to gain: 1. An understanding of the role AI plays in measuring, predicting and driving social change 2. Opinion of several community leaders on equity, ethics, efficacy and capacity when leveraging AI to address complex social issues.

Ethical AI: Towards Tech-Enabled Social Transformation

This September 2022 session is intended to demystify the aura around AI, providing support for anyone and everyone interested in actively learning about and advocating for environmentally- and socially-responsible tech development. Presenters Stella George, PhD (What we all need to know about AI) and James Stauch (In Search of the Altruithm: AI and the Future of Social Good) address why AI is relevant to more than just computer scientists; the responsibilities of industry, government and social purpose sectors; and how to feel better empowered in approaching future AI development and implementation.

The AI Ethics landscape

In this November 2022 session, Reid Blackman outlines the landscape, and landmines, of AI ethics. He is the author of ‘Ethical Machines: Your Concise Guide to Totally Unbiased, Transparent, and Respectful AI’.

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