Z-inspection: Towards a holistic and analytic process to assess Ethical AI

Roberto V. Zicari

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

02 July 2020, 11:00 a.m.

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AI is becoming a sophisticated tool in the hands of a variety of stakeholders, including political leaders. Some AI applications may raise new ethical and legal questions, and in general have a significant impact on society (for the good or for the bad or for both). People motivation plays a key role here. With AI the important question is how to avoid that it goes out of control, and how to understand how decisions are made and what are the consequences for society at large. In this talk, I will present our ongoing research work on the definition of Z-inspection a holistic and analytic process to assess Ethical AI. This could be part of an Ethics by Design process, or if the AI has already been designed, it can be used to do an ethical sanity check, so that a certain AI Ethical standard of care is achieved. It can be used by a variety of AI stakeholders. I will also share our experience and lessons learned so far in creating and testing our process by assessing an existing AI product in healthcare (cardiology), and outline a number of open questions.

Work in cooperation with  Irmhild van Halem (1), Thomas Ploug (3), Matthew Eric Bassett (1), Karsten Tolle (1), Todor Ivanov (1), Timo Eichhorn (1), Jesmin Jahan Tithi (2), Romeo Kienzler (5), Georgios Kararigas (4), Marijana Tadic (6).

(1) Frankfurt Big Data Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

(2) Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA, USA.

(3) Centre for Applied Ethics and Philosophy of Science, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark.

(4) German Centre for Cardiovascular Research , Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany

(5) IBM Center for Open Source Data and AI Technologies, San Francisco, CA, USA

(6) Cardiology Department, Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany

Bio sketch

Roberto V. Zicari is professor of Database and Information Systems (DBIS) at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Databases and Big Data. His interests also expands to AI and Ethics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the Frankfurt Big Data Lab at the Goethe University Frankfurt, and the editor of the ODBMS.org web portal and of the ODBMS Industry Watch Blog. He was for the past five years a visiting professor with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology within the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley (USA).



Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ2XASEHdWA 

Pdf slides:  http://www.bigdata.uni-frankfurt.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Zicari.Lecture.July2_.2020.pdf