WorkshopsThursday, 2 August 2018

Responsible Robotics; what is it and who cares?

Will BI become AI - and How and When?

Workshop 1 - Responsible Robotics; what is it and who cares?

As the design and development of robotics persists the need for regulation and policy to temper the risk of negative consequences will increase. This workshop will explore the balancing of two sets of values: societal values of privacy, transparency, and security with the values guiding the industry sector; economics and innovation. For robotics development to be done in a responsible way we must consider what this would look like. We could do nothing and allow industry to set the course. Or, apply regulation that fails to meet the speed at which technology develops. For the former, current scandals show us what it looks like when we leave societal values in the stewardship of companies, competing with economics. For the latter, we risk stifling innovation by placing regulatory demands on companies. Instead an innovative middle ground is needed that protects the consumer without stifling innovation; this middle ground is responsible robotics and this workshop will explore its course.

  • Gain an understanding of the current global challenge of regulating robotics and AI
  • Identify the various approaches for AI and robotics regulation and/or governance
  • Investigate the concept of responsible robotics and AI as a solution
Facilitator: Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor of ethics and technology at TU Delft (Netherlands) and president of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics
Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe

Aimee van Wynsberghe has been working in ICT and robotics since 2004. She began her career as part of a research team investigating the network variables related to surgical robots in Canada at the CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advance Robotics) Institute. She is Assistant Professor in Ethics and Technology and the TU Delft. She is co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and on the board of the Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy. She serves as a member of the Advisory board for the AI & Intelligent Automation Network and is head of the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology robotics task force. Aimee has been named one of the Netherlands top 400 influential women under 38 by VIVA and was named one of the 25 'women in robotics you need to know about'. She is author of the book Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design, and Implementation and has been awarded an NWO personal research grant to study how we can responsibly design service robots. She has been interviewed by BBC, Quartz, Financial Times, and other International news media on the topic of ethics and robots, and is invited to speak at International conferences and summits.

08:00
Arrival and registration
08:30
Welcome
08:40
Workshop starts
  • Gain an understanding of the current global challenge of regulating robotics and AI
  • Identify the various approaches for AI and robotics regulation and/or governance
10:30
Refreshments and Networking
11:30
Workshop continues
  • Investigate the concept of responsible robotics and AI as a solution
12:30
Workshop one closes; lunch and networking
Workshop 2 - Will BI become AI - and How and When?

Business intelligence (BI) has consistently topped the list of highest CIO priorities for the past dozen years. Why? Because data-driven (or better, information-informed) decision-making has long been seen as the foundation for solving problems, optimising operations, and exploiting opportunities. It still is. However, with artificial intelligence (AI) in a multiplicity of guises, grabbing the public and corporate imagination without apparent limits, will AI displace BI on the CIO priority list? The short answer is: yes...and no. Because AI is becoming the foundation for multiple IT initiatives, and none more so than decision-making support. In this seminar, Dr Barry Devlin, one of the founders of the data warehousing and BI industry, explores how AI will be embedded in all areas of BI, how it will reinvent many aspects of decision-making, and how it will fundamentally disrupt how business people make decisions and take action, based (or not) on information.

  • Decision-making in business—myths and realities.
  • Data, information, knowledge and meaning—which is the basis for machine learning?
  • How AI is being embedded today in all areas of BI processes.
  • Decision-making by people versus decision-making by algorithms.
  • Expanding the reach of AI in decision-making—augmentation vs automation.
  • Ethical and economic considerations of AI-based decision-making for your business and beyond.
Facilitator: Dr Barry Devlin, Founder and principal, 9sight Consulting
Dr Barry Devlin

Dr Barry Devlin is among the foremost authorities on business insight and one of the founders of data warehousing, having published the first architectural paper on the topic in 1988. With over 30 years of IT experience, including 20 years with IBM, he is a widely respected analyst, consultant, lecturer and author of "Data Warehouse-from Architecture to Implementation", and numerous white papers. His most recent book, "Business unIntelligence-Insight and Innovation beyond Analytics and Big Data", was published earlier this year.

He specialises in the human, organisational and IT implications of deep business insight solutions that combine operational, informational and collaborative environments. He is a regular contributor to BeyeNETWORK, SmartDataCollective and TWDI.

13:30
Arrival and registration
14:00
Welcome
14:00
Workshop starts
  • Decision-making in business—myths and realities.
  • Data, information, knowledge and meaning—which is the basis for machine learning?
  • How AI is being embedded today in all areas of BI processes.
15:15
Refreshments and Networking
15:30
Workshop continues
  • Decision-making by people versus decision-making by algorithms.
  • Expanding the reach of AI in decision-making—augmentation vs automation.
  • Ethical and economic considerations of AI-based decision-making for your business.
17:00
Workshop two closes;

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