Wednesday 25 May 2022
Area 42 Grand

Panel Description

The proposed EU AI Act highlighted the need for standards that support ethical alignment of applications. The IEEE7000 standard proposes concrete processes to build systems that bear a whole spectrum of social values. First case studies give hope that the standards’ processes deliver what was promised: to go from shareholder value to social value. But are companies ready to follow such a process framework? Is the positive vision of ‘technology for humanity’ realistic in times of global competition on cost and technological sovereignty; times where personal data market models and the attention economy seem to be firmly established? Is thorough planning and documentation, as well as good control over eco-system partners in contradiction with the current mantra of agile system development? Do we need a general return to ‘risk-thinking’ for any kind of system development?

• Is corporate strategy willing to sacrifice profit margins for human values?
• Are engineers ready to forgo some agility for the sake of value-based requirements engineering and transparent system design (which implies documentation)?
• Is it realistic to establish and live strong eco-system control?
• Do we really need risk-based design approaches only for high-risk applications?


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