Ethical design in the age of AI

Friday, Sep 6
10:00 — 12:00

Ethical design in the age of AI

This session is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
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How do designers incorporate ethical thinking into the development of AI-infused solutions?

Hardly a day goes by without some company or public organization publishing their AI ethics guidelines or establishing an internal panel for AI ethics. The EU commission talks about “AI ethics by design” in its coordinated plan on artificial intelligence and the Danish Government talks about ethical AI as one of four important pillars of the future development of AI.

But what does it all mean? How do designers incorporate ethical thinking into the development of AI-infused solutions? How do we know when something is unethical, and something is just fine? And who do we talk to when in doubt?

We are entering a future where AI is going to add tremendous power to digital solutions, but are designers ready to embrace this power? Are designers aware of the increasing social, ethical, political and financial consequences of their AI-infused solutions? With great power comes great responsibility, but are designers ready for this responsibility?

In this session, we will ask all the questions, but more importantly, we will work together to find the answers. 

The purpose of the event is to develop practical and usable ideas and guidelines for designers, UX’ers, product developers and startup founders. You should walk away from this event with an increased awareness of your immense digital design powers and you should have tools to ask the right questions when you encounter tricky ethical dilemmas in your daily work. 

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Hear interesting input from

Peter Svarre

Peter has been working with digital communications, user experience, artificial intelligence and social media for the last 20 years. He is the author of two books. One on social media and the other on artificial intelligence. The latter deals with the practical, social, political and ethical consequences of artificial intelligence.

Christian Bason

Christian is the chief executive of the Danish Design Centre. His role is to set the strategic direction for the organisation and to govern the most demanding initiatives and activities. Christian is also CEO of Design Society, a foundation which is the parent company of the Danish Design Center, INDEX: Design to improve life, Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen Fashion Week. From 2007 to 2014, he was Director of MindLab, the Danish government’s innovation team. From 1998 to 2006, he was a consultant and business manager with the international advisory group Rambøll Management, heading the organisation and management practice.

Joana Casaca Lemos

Joana is a designer, researcher and educator specialised in interdisciplinary design thinking and sustainability. Her current work focuses on the technologies that will define the Fourth Industrial Age. She collaborates as a consultant to organisations employing technologies such as machine learning and automation to ensure that the qualities of sustainability and ethical practices are put at the forefront of design.

Michael Birkebæk Jensen

Michael works as NewTech Lead at KPMG Denmark where he invents the future of business together with a group of highly skilled individuals who strive to do the same. In his work he envisions, sells and delivers projects and services within e.g. Robotics Process Automation, Virtual Agents, Bots, AI, IoT, Blockchain, Operating models and Business/Technology Strategy and does so across industries and across Denmark, the Nordics and Europe. In his free time, he leverages his insights on technology and business to do good for the rest of society and he is engaged in a number of projects. Examples of these are the management of a digital democracy project and For Good Advice NGO where he helps smaller NGOs and Social Businesses.

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