Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the ability of machines and computer systems to perform tasks that would typically require human intelligence, such as learning, decision-making, and problem-solving.  Its implications have risen a series of ethical concerns. Who will be responsible for the issues that might arise from the use of Artificial intelligence? Can this technology replace human intelligence within a qualitative domain?

This event aimed at covering all those questions in regard to the grey area of AI. We were honoured to have as introductory speaker the AI ethicist Emmanuel Goffi, co-founder and senior associate at Global AI Ethics Institute in Paris. During his presentation he explained how and why businesses should start taking into consideration the ethical implications related to the use of AI technologies. We then followed by presenting two smaller companies, Ranmarine and Anywyse. Alistar Longman, Ranmarine’s CTO presented to us how AI is implemented within their product, WasteShark. This little, let’s call it, “robot” utilized AI technology to recover waste present in water. Julien Jukema, founder of Anywise, instead explained more in depth how AI can be used within the everyday life with a focus on us, student.

The event was then closed by two prestigious speakers from KPMG and Microsoft.

We had the pleasure to meet Mark Van Meel, an AI ethics lead from KPGM. He shared with us the challenges around the use of AI and possible solutions through the use of past technologies and controversies. One of his examples was the washing machine, a “simple” technology that not only revolutionized the tech industry but society as well by relieving women from the burden of laundry. Lastly, Rob Elisgna, NTO at Microsoft, joined us on the stage and shared Microsoft’s approach to responsible AI and the values that the company has implemented because of the current technological horizon.