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You and AI – The emerging theory of algorithmic fairness: the challenges to making machines play fair


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19:30 - 20:30


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Join Cynthia Dwork, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School, as she explores the challenges to making machines play fair.

Intelligent systems, much like humans, have the ability to see and respond to the world around them. Using data in new ways to make more accurate predictions or enabling new services, these machines offer the hope of overcoming the limitations of our own decision-making. However, with this they bring questions about how we make decisions, the influence of bias in decision making and how experts can ensure that key values – such as fairness – are built into AI systems.

In the third discussion of the You and AI series, Cynthia Dwork will introduce the emerging theory of algorithmic fairness and the challenges experts face in ensuring that machines make objective decisions. 

This is a unique opportunity for you to join the conversation with a world-leader in the ethics and fairness of AI and machine learning.

Upcoming events in the series at The Royal Society are:

  • 17 July 2018: Kate Crawford, Distinguished Research Professor at New York University, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab, will debate the biases built into machine learning, and what that means for inequality
  • 11 September 2018: Joseph Stiglitz ForMemRS, renowned economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner and professor at Columbia University, will explore the potential socioeconomic impacts of AI

The You and AI series will culminate in two finale events in late-2018 in Manchester and London where Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS and Professor Brian Cox OBE FRS respectively will lead a public debate about these topics and issues. The events will be held on the 28 October 2018 (Manchester) and 11 December 2018 (London) and tickets will go on sale shortly. More details to follow.

The Royal Society’s aim is to make its events accessible to as many people as possible. This is why our events are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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You and AI – The emerging theory of algorithmic fairness: the challenges to making machines play fair The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK