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Saturday, November 2 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Taming Data Science and AI

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AI has emerged as a powerful if not the most promising algorithmic tool that has the potential to change our lives – how we shop, hire, get from A to B, and protect ourselves and families.

Predictive analytics making use of AI algorithms, e.g. in fighting crime, promises to make police work more efficient. However, they do come with the risk of preserving existing biases.

In light of the presidential elections 2020 and the scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica the question arises whether social media is actually serving us or rather the need for large amounts of data to train smart algorithms.

The necessity for extensive corpuses of data makes personal data more and more valuable not just for industry but also for research and governments. This raises the question how we want our personal data to be used and what kind of protection mechanisms are necessary. Do we need legislation to protect our personal data?

AI can help us to overcome boundaries, but it is becoming more and more clear that it can also create new boundaries. On a related not we have to ask ourselves what boundaries we need to implement to protect ourselves and the society at large?
Join our expert panel having a closer look at the social and political implications of AI.



Principal Snowcap AI and visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab
Catherine Havasi is a technology strategist, AI researcher, and entrepreneur. In the late 90s, she was a crowdsourcing pioneer when she co-founded the Common Sense Computing Initiative, or ConceptNet, the first crowd-sourced project for artificial intelligence and the largest open... Read More →
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Head of the Ethics of Algorithms Project Bertelsmann Foundation
Carla Hustedt leads the Ethics of Algorithms project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In the project, she takes a closer look at the societal consequences of algorithmic decision-making, hoping to contribute to the development of technology that can ultimately facilitate greater social inclusion. Previously she founded the German-Ghanaia... Read More →
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Fellow Harvard Berkman Klein Center
Kathy’s past work has spanned Google, IBM, Harris Healthcare, and government at the United States Digital Service at the White House, where she was a founding product and engineering member. She has founded Women in Product Boston, the Cancer Sidekick Foundation, Team Curious, and... Read More →


Head of Boston Office QuantCo
Daniel Pollmann heads QuantCo’s Boston office with a focus on solutions for pricing and forecasting in e-commerce. He shapes QuantCo’s broader quantitative research agenda including industries such as insurance and healthcare. Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard... Read More →
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Science and reportage journalist, Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT
Eva Wolfangel (www.ewo.name) is a German science and reportage journalist, focusing on future technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, computer science, data journalism, interaction between digital and real worlds, and space travel. She writes for major magazines and newspapers in Germany... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
HKS: Stage 2