Responsible AI – Is it Worth it and Can it be Achieved? [Slides and Video]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar with Kay Firth-Butterfield


The way humans interact with AI is at a tipping point now, and it is vital that we make smart choices.  If we choose right we can set up the future for our children and generations to come.  If we choose wrong, we will likely erode trust, invite more regulation and slow innovation. 

This seminar will examine the critical need for Responsible AI (formerly known as Ethical AI) to:

  • Accelerate the social value of AI
  • Ensure everyone has access to benefits
  • Mitigate negative impacts and unintended consequences.

We’ll discuss the varied approaches to Responsible AI across the globe, including the United States’ human rights approach, and explain why a multi-stakeholder strategy that unites government, industry, civil society, and academia to accelerate adoption of AI in the global public interest offers the best chance of success.

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Kay Firth-Butterfield is Head of Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum and is one of the foremost experts in the world on the governance of AI. She is a Barrister, former Judge and Professor, technologist and entrepreneur who has an abiding interest in how humanity can equitably benefit from new technologies, especially AI. Kay is an Associate Barrister (Doughty Street Chambers) and Master of the Inner Temple, London. She served on the Lord Chief Justice’s Advisory Panel on AI and Law. She co-founded Responsible AI Institute and was the world’s first Chief AI Ethics officer in 2014 and created the AIEthics twitter hashtag. Kay is Vice-Chair of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and was part of the group which met at Asilomar to create the Asilomar AI Ethical Principles. She is on the Polaris Council for the Government Accountability Office (USA), the Advisory Board for UNESCO International Research Centre on AI, EarthSpecies and AI4All. Kay has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations and regularly speaks to international audiences addressing many aspects of the beneficial and challenging technical, economic and social changes arising from the use of AI. She has been consistently recognized as a leading woman in AI since 2018 and was featured in the New York Times as one of 10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership.