Ethical AI: Implications for Private & Family-Owned Businesses


According to researcher Vern Glaser, to understand how to get artificial intelligence right, we must first understand how it can go wrong.

These days many businesses are looking to AI as a business solution. AI can reduce errors and costs and improve quality and consistency. However, AI can fail spectacularly when we overlook our values. We can learn valuable business lessons from the Microsoft Tay experience where in less than 24 hours, Twitter trolls taught the AI bot to post racist, nasty comments on the internet. Or Australia's Robodebt scheme, an automated debt assessment & recovery approach that took over $1.8 billion in overpayments because of errors in the AI.

AI is here to stay and can provide a valuable advantage for your business. But appropriate and effective use of artificial intelligence requires ongoing human intervention and oversight to ensure actions being executed reflect our business values.

Join fellow Alberta leaders who are using AI in their businesses for a discussion on this important topic. Learn what is working, how we can harness the power of AI, and study lessons from past mistakes. AI is emerging rapidly in Alberta, this is an important conversation for all of us.

June 8th, Peter Lougheed Leadership College - DINING HALL
  • 2:00 pm to 2:15 pm - Registration
  • 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm - Panel Discussion
  • 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm - Q & A
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Networking

This event is part of ABFI's Terry Hay Legacy Series celebrating Terry's commitment to learning and personal development made possible by the Hay Family of Scandinavian Building Services.

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