AI and Ethical use of data: Data Validity Part 1

As mentioned yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a course on Ethics and Data Science.  Given that data science is a key area of the Machine Learning area of AI I thought I would expand on the subject as a starting point.  Each bullet I discuss has a more detailed discussion required.  But I truly believe that Ethical/Business Conduct requirements will be needed for all AI projects in order to provide transparency and explainability.

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So what are the risk considerations for ethics in AI ?  You will notice that there is overlapping considerations that have to be thought of and included.  

  • Data Validity
  • Algorithim Fairness
  • Informed Consent
  • Model Errors
  • Societal Impact
  • Ossification/Rigidity of ML models
  • Surveillance Impacts
  • Managing Change
  • Regression
  • Bias/Variance

So as an example of data validity:  and I am starting to see this criteria being included since it has a high risk or legal ramification.  In this day and age of access to third party data sets ( legally and illegally ) or the data sets that you have collected as an organization.  Are you questioning where the data comes from and if proper “informed consent” was given by individual providing that data or information ?  Did third party organizations thoroughly vet and validate the information ?  Has it been modified or redacted or scrambled ?  Can you still identify individuals or information by extrapolation ?  What proof will stand up in court if you are sued for accessing information not properly vetted by a third party.  Are you moving data from one line of business ( sales to marketing ) and are you violating any agreements that you have with clients or leads ?

 The course I took was done a few years ago and had a very optimistic tone to it that regulation would slow down innovation or drown skills; the recommending direction from the professor at that time was: don’t surprise people with outcomes and be able to explain how the model got to that outcome but leave how and what we analyze to the data scienctist.  I think we will see regulations step in.  Any time you have a practice: medicine, legal, engineering, real estate or accounting regulation has to be in place to protect human rights and the individual human.  

AI and Ethics

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On a recent trip to New Orleans for work, we had the privilege of touring the location that houses and builds the floats for the Mardi Gras parade.  I took quite a few photographs but this grouping of money bags and Elvis got me thinking about ethics and AI.

You will be hearing more and more of this issue.  There are many who do not understand AI ( ML, NLP and RPA ) and are therefore concerned about what it will and will not do.

I had the benefit of taking a course on Ethics in Data Science as well as taking a course through MIT Sloan on Business strategy and AI ( I’m half way through so wish me luck ).

There are many factors for success or failure.  I think one key factor is the ability to bridge the gap between technology and business units.  

“Explainablity” is something that you will hear a lot about – the ability to clearly explain what AI is doing and how it came to its outcome.  That but also to clearly show there is no ossification of the system in that a hiring system is not hard wired the hiring practices of the the organization.  Or that young people are being denied loans at a  banking system due the the fact that the model is biased towards older applicants and that it was never given data sets for a population below the age of 35.

Ethics and AI will become more important to the point that we are now starting to talk about regulation and compliance to ensure good use of AI vs uncontrolled use of information and models.

The coin is in the air and flipping I wonder which way it will land ?

Maybe I should develop an AI Maturity Model assessment toolkit, I did this for Case Management systems and Cognitive Computing so I should be able to do it AI Maturity.  And in doing so Ethics and Transparency will have to play a key role.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pomodoro and Productivity Tools – Why not more integration

I have taken a short break from building my AI Bot due to work.  Sometimes priorities take over.  Which led me to wanting to make a quick note.

 I have been using many productivity tools over the years: currently I use OmniFocus more than others.  I have tried Things 3, Todoist and other apps.  All very good and do things somewhat differently.

I am also waiting to see what happens with OmniFocus 3 this year.

I have also tried many Pomodoro technique apps on my computer or iPhone or iPad.  I love the way it helps to focus and chunk your time.

The question I have is why are the two practices not more tightly integrated.  I would hope that if I had a task in OmniFocus I was working on ( whether i allocate time slices or not to it ) that I could initiate a Pomodoro time window to work on the task.

All of the current productivity tools are lacking this integration point.  I do realize many people may not use the Pomodoro technique to do work but I would think that there is a large group of people wanting this functionality.

There have been attempts to integrate through things like Vitamin-R and other apps, but it is awkward and not tightly integrated in a seamless way.

I am still hopeful and holding back purchases until someone steps forward to do this integration of GTD and Pomodoro to allow us to be more productive in an active direct way.

AI Bot Challenge Step 2: Installing the software and getting things up and running

So I have been installing software and installing packages onto the Raspberry and completing some of the build of the TJBot.  I do have to be honest and say i ran into some fundamental issues with installing software and getting wi-fi connectivity.  But I think I am past that now.  I now have run some scripts to enable the TJBot to connect to the the Watson AI Services.  

I have to choose which type of robot I want “Scottie Bottie” to be.  Yes I am going with my heritage roots and going for a brave hearted theme of a robot.

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AI BOT Challenge Step 1: Opening the box on Robbie Burns Day !

It seems a bit appropriate that my IBM Watson AI Bot Kit arrived on Robbie Burns day.  The creative anticipation of a project loom; and I get to salute one of Scotlands Bards and “rhymesters” in the same evening !

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Looking forward to all the fun I am supposed to have learning  to code with SparkFun !

So the box arrived and I have opened and gazed in wonder at what is ahead on my journey into AI and programming.  I am excited and concerned.  All the parts are there I assume.  And like when I had a balsam plane kit to build and fly: I am concerned that there is no instruction manual !

 

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Never to fear.  I have been working with Public Sector organizations over the past few years on what cognitive computing is and how it will help programs and individuals so I should have some semblance of where to start.  

Now delving into the bowels of machine learning and coding I go.  I will also note that there is a small competition on going with my work colleagues on my new team; the IBM Watson Data and AI group.  So I had better decide on a personality for my bot: mmm should it be Canadian or Scottish…..I will have to decide.

So it is off to the web and the single malt I go !  Slainte !

A NEW YEAR AND EXCITING TIMES !

As we all enter a new year we all have expectations and potentially resolutions that give us all a purpose and focus. With that I am very excited by the new opportunity to work with clients by combining the two areas of technology I have been involved with over the years as well as cognitive computing; which I have been involved with over the past few years. I am really looking forward to this year to be able to align both the strategic direction of clients as they rationalize data and data management as well as taking advantage of the API economy of cognitive capabilities.

I have also entered into a challenge with my colleagues in the realm of AI Robot building and therefore leveraging both APIs and data layers. I am currently waiting for the kit to arrive and will walk you all through the process of building and developing an AI driven robot. Let the games begin !

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/nyregion/trump-legal-immigration-canada-tech-jobs.html

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