Abhishek Gupta

Why Public Competence in AI Ethics is Essential to the Future of AI?

Given all the work that has been coming out of the field of responsible and ethical AI, there has been a push for finding universal solutions, often mediated and prepared by a group of experts. But, relying on a small group of experts and hunting for universal solutions is an exercise in futility. What we really need is cultural and contextual sensitivity. This can only be achieved by engaging at the grassroots with the public and tapping into their implicit knowledge of the local culture and context. But this needs to be nurtured and built over time through a public engagement process which is what this session will dive into.

Abhishek Gupta is the founder of Montreal AI Ethics Institute. His research focuses on applied technical and policy methods to address ethical, safety and inclusivity concerns in using AI in different domains. Abhishek comes from a strong technical background, working as a Software Engineer, Machine Learning at Microsoft in Montreal.

He is also the founder of the AI Ethics community in Montreal that has more than 1350 members from diverse backgrounds who do a deep dive into AI ethics and offer public consultations to initiatives like the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI. His work has been featured by the United Nations, Oxford, Stanford Social Innovation Review, World Economic Forum and he travels frequently across North America and Europe to help governments, industry and academia understand AI and how they can incorporate ethical, safe and inclusive development processes within their work. More information can be found on https://atg-abhishek.github.io

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