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Transparency and the Ethics of AI

What does it mean for algorithms and AI to be transparent, and how does that contribute to AI ethics?

In this talk Nicholas Diakopoulos will detail the various aspects of AI systems that can be made transparent, and then discuss a range of considerations on how transparency is applied to AI including the types of audience(s) for the transparency information, the nature of the AI decision and how it fits into human behavior, the degree of technical complexity of the system, the role of people operating the AI, cost and other business concerns such as trade secrecy, and legal access and legitimacy in governmental contexts. He will then present the case for and against transparency as an approach to AI ethics and provide examples of where he thinks there is an ethical mandate for transparency in some AI systems.


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Nicholas Diakopoulos
Northwestern University, USA