Unmasking the Algorithm

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Unmasking the Algorithm – part of a groundbreaking series of events on ethics, design and AI.

In a world where algorithms increasingly shape our decisions, how can we apply ideas from the humanities to avoid these systems becoming decision-making ‘black boxes’ – and ensure people are held to account when things go wrong?

Join three experts from the worlds of academia, design and business for lightning talks that will look beyond the code and examine the ethical and design underpinnings of AI, followed by an open discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Lachlan UrquhartSenior Lecturer in Technology Law and Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Edinburgh
  • Catriona Melton, Senior Associate – Intellectual Property & Technology, DLA Piper


About “No Harm Done?”

This is part of the event series “No Harm Done?”, focused on bringing together perspectives from across sectors to drive the critical discourse on ethics in AI.

Businesses and academics are interacting with — or even building — AI tools, but lack the space to reflect on the ethical implications of those systems.

These events seek to fill the gap, bringing together perspectives from academia, design, business and law to think holistically about how we design new ethical pathways for AI.

We’ll look beyond the code, to the fundamental design challenges involved in creating a positive, equitable future with ethical artificial intelligence.

“No Harm Done?” is a collaboration between Edinburgh Futures Institute, the Institute for Design Informatics and Nile.