AI Ethics Debate

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in business and society is growing rapidly. According to IDC, spending on AI is on track to hit $46 billion by 2020. While the technology promises, among other things, to increase productivity by efficiently managing mundane, repetitive tasks; improve the quality of medical diagnoses through better pattern matching; and reduce operational costs, concerns are growing of a darker side of AI. Recent news stories have brought our attention to the widespread use of facial recognition by both public and private entities and the potential invasion of privacy; predictive algorithms are being used to make hiring decisions and in some cases to mete out justice, sometimes without human input. AI-driven, autonomous vehicles, medical devices and weapons are no longer the stuff of science fiction.

As the use of AI has spread into so many corners of our businesses and daily lives, the need for an ethical framework for our use of the technology has become increasingly important. While it would be an oversimplification to say that we must choose between privacy and safety, or fairness and efficiency, it’s essential that we all contribute to a discussion of the issues.

To that end, WiTT’s February 2020 event featured a debate on the ethics of AI. Annette Nabavi, WiTT Director and Non-Executive Director, Maintel Holdings plc, chaired the panel.

Our speakers included:

  • Amy King, Co-Founder / R&D Director / Business Psychologist, People Matter;
  • Liberty Foreman, CEO and Co-Founder, DynamXMedical;
  • Emily Dorotheou, Associate, Mishcon de Reya; and
  • Ivana Bartoletti, Women Leading in AI.

Our panel: Emily Dorotheou, Mishcon de Reya; Amy King, People Matter; the panel chair, Annette Nabavi; Ivana Bartoletti, Women Leading in AI Network; and Liberty Foreman, DynamX

We would like to give our sincerest thanks to Mishcon de Reya for hosting this event.

 

Stephanie Liston, Senior Counsel at Mishcon de Reya and WiTT founder, welcomes attendees

 

We’ll post a video of the evening to the WiTT YouTube channel soon.

 

Emily Dorotheou, Mishcon de Reya

 

Ivana Bartoletti, Women Leading in AI Network

 

Amy King, People Matter

 

Liberty Foreman, DynamX

 

Chair and Panelist biographies

Panel Chair

Annette Nabavi
Board Director, Maintel; WiTT

Annette has a broad range of public and private board experience and currently holds a number of Directorships. She is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Maintel Holdings plc, an AIM listed unified communications services business. She also serves as the Chairman of Maintel’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

She is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Gemserv, a professional services company specializing in energy and data and on the Board of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.

She is on the Advisory Board of the National Science and Media Museum, part of the Science Museum Group, and a Director of Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT) Ltd.

Annette is a Partner with AHV Associates, a firm of corporate finance advisors specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Raising, Structured Finance and Derivatives Advisory work for privately owned businesses. She specializes in corporate finance projects for small and medium privately owned enterprises in the IT, technology, telecoms and media sectors.

Annette previously held the position of Head of Telecoms Global Business Development for Corporate Finance at ING Barings where she gained significant experience in M&A, private equity, structured debt and public equity transactions. She later became the founding director and CEO of XchangePoint Holdings Ltd, a Venture Capital backed Internet Interconnect company providing broadband metro peering services to ISPs and network operators. Her early years were spent with the PA Consulting Group where she specialized in strategic partnerships, business planning and marketing strategy. She became a Senior Partner with PA before moving to Barings. Annette holds an MA from Oxford University and a Doctorate from the University of Dijon.

 

Ivana Bartoletti
Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI Network

Ivana Bartoletti is Technical Director – Privacy at Deloitte, and supports businesses in their privacy by design programmes, especially in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology. Ivana was awarded Woman of the Year (2019) in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition to her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI.

She is a sought-after commentator for the BBC, Sky and other major broadcasters and news outlets (Guardian, Telegraph) on headline stories where the tech economy intersects with privacy and data law and politics.

 

Ivana launched the Women Leading in AI network in May 2018, a thriving international group of scientists, industry leaders and policy experts advocating for responsible AI. Their 2018 report made waves among tech leaders, international institutions and the media, who backed many of its recommendations.

Bartoletti is Co-editor of the Fintech Circle’s AI Book, their first major publication focused on how AI is reshaping financial services.

Ivana’s first book focuses on the socio-economic impact of AI and will be released in 2020 by Indigo Press.

 

Emily Dorotheou
Associate, Mishcon de Reya

Emily is an Associate in the Commercial team, having joined the firm in May 2017. She advises clients across a number of sectors, with a particular focus on the technology, retail and media industries. Her experience includes advising on procurement, logistics, technology and consumer facing agreements.

She has worked on a wide range of IT agreements, including software licensing and development agreements, and assisted on multiple IT-based corporate transactions.

Emily’s clients range from SMEs to well-known brands within the technology and retail industries, and she represents both suppliers and customers on major commercial and technology arrangements.

Having completed the ‘Essential Guide to the Fashion Business’ course at the London College of Fashion, Emily has a keen interest in sustainability within the retail sector. She has undertaken a course in ‘Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World’, run by the London College of Fashion and Kering Group, written numerous articles on the issue and been interviewed by LexisNexis on the subject. Emily also contributes to the Lawfully Chic blog.

Emily completed secondments at a global e-commerce and technology company and an airline whilst at her previous firm.

 

Liberty Foreman
CEO, Co-Founder & Director, DynamX

Liberty graduated from the University of Sussex in 2011 in Molecular Genetics. Whilst studying she developed a keen interest in bioinformatics. This led her to complete her PhD in 2015 at UCL in clinical data analytics. During her research she developed the algorithm behind the BeamLine system. Whilst studying and working between clinicians and computational statisticians, she realised that so much research lacked efficient multi-disciplinary collaboration. In 2014 she was awarded a fellowship from the Software Sustainability Institute for her collaborative work between statisticians and clinicians. Liberty co-founded BeamLine Diagnostics in March 2015.

 

Liberty manages the development of the BeamLine algorithm, as well as working with the rest of the BeamLine team on strategic planning. In 2016 and 2017 Liberty was recognised as a “rising star” in the top 50 women in biobusiness (BioBeats – MWS consulting).

Amy King
R&D Director and Co-Founder, People Matter

R&D Director and Co-Founder of People Matter, Amy King is an award winning Business Psychologist with a 10 year track record consulting with FTSE250 companies. Her ethos is to create positive change to the way in which organisations work, bringing together her experience and passion for psychology, people & technology. Much of her work has focused on helping people realise their potential. In 2018, Amy co-founded People Matter with a mission to eradicate workplace burnout and to create more caring, sustainable working cultures. People Matter has since been recognised as a top UK Rising Star by Tech Nation for intelligent mental wellness tech & solutions. Prior to People Matter, Amy was Head of Consulting & Customer Success at The Chemistry Group, leading the global implementation of HR Tech Solutions.