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From ethical principles to governed AI

If you are the slightest bit aware of ethical AI or AI governance, you’ve probably heard about principles such as transparency, explainability, fairness, non-maleficence, accountability or privacy. It is easy to agree with these principles – the real question is how should we translate them into meaningful actions?

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The very reason we use AI is to deal with very complex problems – problems one cannot adequately solve with traditional computer programs. Should you trust an AI algorithm, when you cannot even explain how it works?

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Expectations shape future ecosystems for responsible AI

For years, the American hiring company HireVue had used a controversial AI application to analyze candidates’ facial features and movements during job interviews. In January 2021, the company had undergone an independent audit that proved its algorithms to be unbiased, or so they claimed. The case received public attention when critics argued that the hiring company had misrepresented the audit results.

Were the job candidates assessed fairly by the algorithms? Who should have ensured that the auditing itself was unbiased? The algorithmic auditing industry is emerging and questions like these reveal its complex nature.

Using speculative design to shape preferable futures of AI in society and business

The AI services and products are developed to answer our needs today – or at least in the near future. As the years go by, the needs will change and the technology might be used very differently to what was initially thought. In this blog post, we argue that responsible AI development also involves doing our best to imagine such unexpected uses. It is important that we explore, critique, and discuss the way today’s technologies might shape the future.

Is it free or do you pay with your personal data? – A new balance for the personal data market

Fair use data is one of the key elements of responsible AI. We shouldn’t only care about the quality of the data, but also how it was retrieved (mind you, often there are important connections between the two). In the digital economy, personal data is currency. Platforms like Facebook or Snapchat appear free but, as we are finally becoming aware, they are not. Are we, as users, paying too high of a prize for these services? In this blog post, we wish to show that re-shifting the flows of personal data is possible.

How to explain artificial intelligence?

Algorithmic decision-making is increasing rapidly across industries as well as in public services. By default, AI systems such as machine learning or deep learning produce outputs with no explanation or context. As the predicted outcomes turn into recommendations, decisions or direct actions, humans tend to look for justification. Explainable AI (XAI) provides cues to how and why the decision was made, helping humans to understand and interact with the AI system.

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Yes, privacy is worth the effort. Here’s why

When we advocate for privacy, we tend to concentrate on the negative consequences of privacy violations [56; 32; 19; 50]. These portrayals are extremely important, but they paint only one half of the picture. Privacy also brings about net-positive advantages for individuals and organizations. These advantages can act as powerful internal incentives, driving privacy adoption. A key addition to external incentives like regulation and public pressure.

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EU published an AI regulation proposal. Should we worry?

In late April, the European Commission laid out its vision of how AI technologies should be governed. The proposal meshes AI regulation with product safety rules, controls how AI systems should be developed and technically composed, introduces market supervision arrangements and gives the authorities wide-ranging powers to impose potentially crippling sanctions.

At first glance, the proposal seems quite a mouthful. It is complex, appears relatively heavy-handed and imposes a host of stringent requirements on developers. But is there really a reason to be worried?

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Authority is increasingly expressed algorithmically

AI is inconspicuously present in our everyday, guiding our engagement with the surrounding world. We should be talking more about how authority is embedded in these systems and how these systems affect us.

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Miten rakennetaan AI-valmis organisaatio ja miksi pian on pakko?

Jokaisen kasvuhaluisen yrityksen strategiassa on pian aikataulu, milloin organisaatio on AI-valmis – milloin yritys katsoo olevansa valmis tekoälyn laajaan käyttöön. Koska käsitteen merkitys tuntuu edelleen vaikealta hahmottaa, niin yritämme tässä kertoa, mitä AI-valmius meidän mielestämme tarkoittaa.