Ep. 03: Are AI ethicists making any difference?

  
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In this episode, Dave interviews Helen about her recent article in Quartz, “Are AI ethicists making any difference?” Some of the topics we explore include:

  • Why is there a rush to hire AI ethicists in the tech industry?

  • What do AI ethicists do?

  • Why are people skeptical and what is “ethics washing” and “ethics bashing?”

  • What does Jacob Metcalf of Data & Society mean by saying that ethics is “the vessel which we use to hold our values?”

  • What does Josh Lovejoy of Microsoft mean by saying that ethics need not be seen as a philosophical add-on “but as just good design?”

  • What are AI checklists and why is their use good practice?