BBC Machine Learning Fireside Chats Presents: AI’s Hurdles to Doing Good

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BBC Broadcast Centre (Presentation Suite, 3rd Floor)

White City Place

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AI’s Hurdles to Doing Good

Please join us at our home location of BBC Broadcast Centre, White City Place, for the March edition of our Machine Learning Fireside Chats. Let's gather around the 4K TV fireplace for a bite to eat and a beverage, and tune into a panel discussion of industry practitioners and experts.

"AI is being used in myriad ways to enable social good but how does the [hopefully the government as well] charity sector - not traditionally at the sharp end of technology - ensure it doesn’t go awry, especially when charitable organisations serve some of the most vulnerable people, and public trust and goodwill are particularly important to their core mission.

How easy is it, really, to achieve social good with AI? Is the data available to support the effort? Are there enough experts who understand not just algorithms but the environments they’re working in? How do you even begin to check your project for ethical risks. And does the cost of managing an ongoing project outweigh its benefits. How do smaller charities cope?

Data, people and ethics - what’s the biggest hurdle?"


- Yin
Host @ BBC Machine Learning Fireside Chats Team




We will start with some food and drinks, then a hosted discussion followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Registration begins from 18:30 for a prompt 19:00 start – food and drinks will be provided from 18:30pm.

Join the conversation and follow us on Twitter: @BBC_MLFireside

Our confirmed guests are:

Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication @ Parkinsons UK

Julie is Parkinsons UK’s director of digital transformation and communication. She’s also written The New Reality, a study into how non-profit organisations can approach digital transformation and use digital technology for change. Among other things, Parkinsons UK is currently working with BenevolentAI to try and identify at least three currently available medicines that can be repurposed to address the condition and two brand-new ways to treat it with new drugs.

Giselle Cory, Executive Director @ DataKind UK

Giselle is executive director at DataKind. The organisation is itself a charity whose volunteers support other charities and social enterprises, providing data science expertise and services such as exploratory analysis and prototyping. Projects they’ve worked on include helping homeless organisations identify issues people sought advice on before becoming homeless and analysing possible reasons why people progress differently in a shelter. It’s helped Global Witness uncover potential corruption with open data and the Citizens Advice Bureau better identify emerging social issues to support their staff training.

Michelle Eaton, Programme Manager in the Government Innovation Team - Data @ Nesta

Michelle worked with the Essex Police Force for 11 years - starting in community policing before moving on to performance analysis, and then to strategic change, where she led the Essex Centre for Data Analytics. Now she oversees Nesta’s Offices of Data Analytics programme, which helps governments reform their services, and recently wrote a blog defending the use of AI in policing.




Please note you will be asked to show your Eventbrite ticket (either paper or via electronic device will be fine - we just need to scan the QR code) and a form of photo ID at the door. Your bags may also be checked by security. This event is for ages 18+ only. Please note that by attending this event you are agreeing to be filmed and/or photographed the material of which may be used on BBC websites and social media.

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BBC Broadcast Centre (Presentation Suite, 3rd Floor)

White City Place

201 Wood Lane

London

W12 7FQ

United Kingdom

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