Lecture on February 4th, 2021
Myths and Misunderstandings About Responsibility for the Unintended Impact of Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Karen Yeung (University of Birmingham)
About the lecture
In this lecture, I will discuss some of the findings emerging from a Council of Europe study I undertook in 2018-2019 to investigate the implications of advanced digital technologies (Including AI systems) for the concept of responsibility within a human rights framework. A copy of this paper is available here.
In particular, I will:
- Examine what we mean by responsibility and why we should care about responsibility in relation to machine learning and other automated systems?
- Identify a number of important properties associated with networked automated systems that bear upon matters of responsibility
- Highlight (and reflect critically upon) several common myths and misunderstandings about responsibility in relation to machine learning applications
- Outline several responsibility challenges that are under-examined in current debates
About the speaker
Karen Yeung joined Birmingham Law School and the University of Birmingham’s School of Computer Science as Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics in January 2018.
Karen is actively involved in several technology policy and related initiatives in the UK and worldwide, including those concerned with the governance of AI, one of her key research interests. In particular, she is involved in the UN Global Judicial Integrity Network and is a former member of both the EU’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (2018-2020) and the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) (2018-2020).
Her recent academic publications include Algorithmic Regulation (co-edited with Martin Lodge, Oxford University Press) in 2019 and The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (co-edited with Roger Brownsword and Eloise Scotford) in 2017.
photo credit: University of Birmingham
Thursday, 4. February 2021, 18:15-19:45
– delivered in digital form –
Register here to get access to the lecture:
poster lecture Karen Yeung [pdf]
programme "Taming the Machines" in winter 2020/21 [pdf]