Why AI Ethics Matter

Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI & ML at World Economic Forum

I am the Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, at the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum. Prior to taking this position I was Executive Director of AI-Global and led the Ethics Advisory Panel of Lucid.ai.I have worked for the past three decades as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, business owner, professor and judge in the United Kingdom. In the United States, I have taught at the undergraduate and law school levels and worked as a professional lecturer. I am a humanitarian with a strong sense of social justice and have advanced degrees in Law and International Relations. In my role as Chief officer of the EAP I have advised governments, think tanks and non-profits about artificial intelligence. I am co-founder of the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the Robert E. Strauss Center, University of Texas and teach a course at the UT Law School for the Consortium: "Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies: Law and Policy". Additionally, I am a Distinguished Scholar of the Robert E Strauss Center at the University of Texas and Vice Chair of the IEEE Industry Connections "Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.

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