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The nuanced debate over AI ethics

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"You won't see many people with my background talking about ethics," said Beena Ammanath, executive director of the Global Deloitte AI Institute and head of Trustworthy AI and Ethical Tech at the global consulting company. A computer scientist who worked as a database and SQL developer and held data science- and AI-related technology roles at Bank of America, GE and Hewlett Packard before joining Deloitte in 2019, Ammanath wasn't always gung-ho to talk AI ethics. Then she decided to write a book about it. "There has arguably never been a more exciting time in AI," she wrote in her book "Trustworthy AI." "Alongside the arrival of so much promise and potential, however, the attention placed on AI ethics has been relatively slight." Protocol spoke with Ammanath about why ethical AI practices should be part of every employee's training, the limitations of providing internal guidance inside a sprawling consultancy and why she finally gave in and joined the AI ethics conversation.


It's Time to Implement Fair and Ethical AI

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Companies have gotten the message that artificial intelligence should be implemented in a manner that is fair and ethical. In fact, a recent study from Deloitte indicates that a majority of companies have actually slowed down their AI implementations to make sure these requirements are met. But the next step is the most difficult one: actually implementing AI in a fair and ethical way. A Deloitte study from late 2019 and early 2020 found that 95% of executives surveyed said they were concerned about ethical risk in AI adoption. While machine learning brings the possibility to improve the quantity and quality of decision-making based on data, it also brings the potential for companies to damage their brand and reduce the trust that customers have placed in it if AI is implemented poorly.


Trustworthy AI: How to ensure trust and ethics in AI

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Did you miss a session at the Data Summit? A pragmatic and direct approach to ethics and trust in artificial intelligence (AI) -- who would not want that? This is how Beena Ammanath describes her new book, Trustworthy AI. Ammanath is the executive director of the Global Deloitte AI Institute. She has had stints at GE, HPE and Bank of America, in roles such as vice president of data science and innovation, CTO of artificial intelligence and lead of data and analytics.


AI 2020: The year of robustness, ethics, and delivery

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Over the last two years, the ethical deployment of AI has been a growing concern for enterprises and technologists alike. But 2020 could be the year we really see it reach the forefront of AI development. According to Deloitte's second State of AI in the Enterprise survey, 32 percent of businesses rank ethical issues as one of the top three risks of AI, and most are yet to develop a specific approach to this problem. Meanwhile, 45 percent have appointed senior executives as AI champions – showing that AI is a growing strategic concern for enterprise leaders. What isn't clear is how this is going to affect the wider business landscape in 2020.


Looking For An AI Ethicist? Good Luck

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As more companies adopt AI, the risks posed by AI are becoming clearer to business leaders. That is driving many companies to hire AI ethicists to help guide them through an ethical minefield. But just as data scientists proved to be as elusive as unicorns, qualified AI ethics are also in very short supply, says Beena Ammanath, executive director of Deloitte's AI Institute. "We've seen different models evolving. It's still very nascent," Ammanath tells Datanami.