Shuchi Rana, Women in Big Data, Silicon Valley Chapter Director hosted Alka Roy, Founder of The Responsible Innovation Project mid-October 2020 to discuss what Alka termed the journey towards Responsible Innovation and AI.
These notes are a high-level framework of the talk that you can find in detail at WiBD YouTube. The talk started with the need for the journey of responsible innovation, a practical framework, and closed with a call to action.
Alka opened with a set of questions: Why does trust matter in the ecosystem of responsible innovation and data science and can we get there? How are we designing our future? And how is that design, designing us?
She recommended an article by Alexis Madrigal: Tech’s Fractal Irresponsibility Problem on the tech community’s irresponsibility problem, which includes bias in predictive analytics. She also highlighted how the equity problem with technology access impacts trust, as does the pace of technological changes. And this gap continues to grow as the global datasphere grows with IoT, mobility evolution like 5G, AI, and cloud.
Alka shared a preliminary view of the trust gap with tech companies, governments, universities, and the open source and industry forums from The Responsible Innovation Project’s Responsible AI? survey results. She said the trust gap impacts innovation, adoption, and our future. An updated view of the trust gap from a report released on Oct 30, 2020 is included here.
The need for building AI responsibly has become more mainstream and was listed as Gartner’s top tech trend in June 2020. Alka recognized that we are collectively still trying to figure out how to come up with practical ways to do it.
The complex and interconnected web of decision making makes it challenging, she said:
Alka started the Responsible Innovation Project after leaving her role at AT&T’s Innovation Center in 2019 to pursue these questions through a practical framework. The areas of her community and practice-based inquiry include:
CTA: reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more and engaging in The Responsible Innovation Project. Their projects are created with community leaders and participation and include roundtable inquiry, toolkit evaluation, case studies, etc. Or read their latest Responsible AI? Survey Results or the latest articles on Trust and AI.