Can AI Ethics actually fix AI?

Join a discussion with Sabelo Mhlambi (Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society) about AI, ethics, and power.



Big Tech and Universities have initiated several efforts to mitigate AI bias and the unintended harmful effects of AI in healthcare, social networks, and the criminal justice system through AI Ethics boards, Ethics AI research, Diversity & Inclusion efforts – however do these efforts address the disparities in the distribution of power, agency, and resources within society and between societies, and are they sufficient to produce tangible results especially for the communities who are most likely to be negatively impacted by ever increasing widespread use of AI?

This talk will examine the driving forces behind AI, Ethics AI, and the question of power through a racial and Decolonial lens.

About the speaker:

Sabelo Mhlambi is the founder of Bhala, an AI startup that democratizes the advances of AI to millions of Africans through Natural Language Processing of African languages and African visual languages. He is also the founder of Bantucracy a public interest organization that focuses on ubuntu ethics and technology.

Mr Mhlambi currently a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society , a Fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, and a 2019-2020 Technology & Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Mhlambi’s work is at the intersection of human rights, ethics, culture, and technology and emphasizes global south perspectives in AI policy. In particular, Mr Mhlambi’s research examines the human rights implications of algorithmic technology on marginalized communities and proposes a new ethical framework for governing the creation and use of Artificial Intelligence in ways that maximize social progress and harmony.

Mhlambi’s work broadens the conversation on Ethics and AI by introducing non-western frameworks for examining the effects automated decision making technology and has been used to advise African governments on Ethical AI policy.

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Oct 06 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am

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