- June 04, 2019
The Aspen Institute Germany hosted an exclusive workshop on „AI & Bias“ in cooperation with Microsoft Germany in the morning of June 4. Speakers included Professor Ifeoma Ajunwa (Cornell University), Professor Corinna Bath (University of Braunschweig), Lorena Jaume-Palasí (The Ethical Tech Society), Professor Dr. Eric Hilgendorf (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Joana Reicherts (Microsoft Germany) and Maximilian Poretschkin (Fraunhofer Institute – IAIS). The workshop consisted of two sessions, the first one focusing on how policy-makers, tech companies, civil society and industry should define the contours of automated decision-making and the second one pivoting to the responsibility of policy-makers to address the twin dangers of opacity and algorithmic/data bias. The event included 25 high-level guests and representatives from government, business and international organizations. Among the topics discussed were bias in technologies used in hiring processes, for facial and voice recognition, and in predictive policing. The effects of digitalization and the application of machine learning systems on society and relevant policies and regulations were also discussed. The off-the-record workshop was moderated by Tyson Barker (Program Director) and Olivia Knodt (Program Officer) from the Aspen Institute Germany.