AI & Robotics Driving the Edge of Innovation

AI Panel

In this Executive Panel Discussion we dived deeper into the influences of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on our daily lives but also the influences they will have on businesses and of course the society. Hear practical examples from companies like Zalando and ESA. How are they implementing AI technologies?

AI as an Enabler

AI technologies are still far away from an indepentent intelligence. Chris Boos stated that the promise is huge, yet it needs to be remembered that we should see it as an enabler not a replacement for now. In his opinion, AI has the potenial to change a lot in our economic systems – but only if we are embracing this opportunity and stand up for our own values.

“It’s only called AI until it doesn’t work, then it gets a real name like facial recognition.”

Chris Boos

How to ensure there is no bias in robots or AI?

People are used to associating AI with maths and therefore are commonly mistaken that machine learning is not biased. Training machines comprises of two components: a teacher – needs to ask the right questions, and the textbook – need to contain right aspects, right input.

“If it got numbers, it got to be right.”

Gender biased

Andra Keay
Ai Panel

How deeply biased we are, can be seen by considering a question posed by the audience that sparked a lively discussion:

„Why do most AI technologies have a female name?“

Andra Keay noticed that we create gender-biased correlations as we associate different characteristics to a certain gender. Chris Boos pointed out that even given a relatively short development history of AIs, we have already managed to create applications which are solely male-oriented, for instance cockpit voice, assuming there are only male pilots has been designed to be a woman voice for two reasons: female voice is more calming for men in situations of danger and to cut through not being confused with another pilot’s (man) voice. Chris Boos took a stand that gender should be regarded as an additional feature that carries no function, and thus, we should refrain from adding it.

Practical Examples

Stacia Carr and Ersilla Vaudo Scarpetta both brought up two examples from the fashion industry and space. How can a fashion designer get hold of the one-on-one connection to the consumer? And how is Alexander Gerst interacting with the robot at the International Space Station in space? Get more valuable insights in the following video:

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