AI & Ethics

When:    Thursday 11 April 2019
Time:      12:00 pm – 02:30 pm pm AEDT

Where:   The Hotel Windsor: 111 Spring Street, Melbourne CBD

Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence

Investment in Artificial Intelligence is growing exponentially!

The implications for business are far reaching and significant, however serious ethical concerns have been raised around automatic decision making and algorithm bias. 
For Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver on its promise, it will require predictability and trust!

The human user experience is central to success in the development and use of AI applications. Rather than automating existing processes to make them faster and cheaper, true process re-imagination forges new alliances between people and machines, enabling them to achieve more together and reduce risk.


As the discussion around algorithms and machines getting 'smarter' increases, it can be easy to forget the very human-centric nature of AI.

AI systems that are being built for businesses are taking decisions, and it's impacting human lives.

Machine Learning, the set of techniques primarily used in AI today, requires human-labelled data and aids in human decision-making to serve human interests. It's imperative these systems are built to be transparent, responsive, align with societal values, and essentially ethically they take the right decisions. No different to teaching children the difference between right and wrong from a societal perspective.

Now, as giants such as Microsoft call for the Government to regulate AI in terms of Facial Recognition technology for ethical reasons, making humans central to how we develop and make use of AI applications is the only way to mitigate problems such as algorithmic bias, it ensures all stakeholders are better placed to understand how these systems work, and ultimately leads to greater success in this exciting new space.

From algorithmic bias to explainable AI and 'humans in the loop'

We explore how human user experience is central to success in the development and use of Artificial Intelligence

Keynote Speaker

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Katherine Bailey

Principal - Accenture Technology, AI and Automation 

Katherine speaks and writes regularly on the topic of AI and is committed to dispelling the myths and removing the confusion around it, teasing apart the real from the imaginary implication of these technologies, both practical and ethical.


As the Natural Language Processing lead within Accenture Australia's AI and Automation Engineering group, Katherine's background is in software engineering and data science. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Katherine has experience spanning over a decade in the technology industry, primarily in Canada, the US and Australia.

Prior to joining Accenture Katherine was Principal Data Scientist at Acquia, a Boston-based Software-as-a-Service company, where she spearheaded the company’s Machine Learning initiative.