January 2020

'AI en Ethiek'

Chairman of the day Ronald Jeurissen opened the afternoon with the question: “How can Artificial Intelligence respect and promote people's freedom? The technology is still new and nobody knows what the future will look like." Still, he is hopeful: "Now is the chance to shape AI and ethics yourself."

Simone van der Burg, senior researcher at Wageningen University & Research, presents the dilemmas of smart farming. “Smart farming consists of technical means that help farmers to better understand their business. Think of sensors that measure the soil composition or the production of a dairy cow. But who owns that data? Is that the farmer's trade secret? Or from ICT companies? Or should society be able to control farmers so that they produce more, responsible and safe food?” Van der Burg sees those involved struggling with this question and continues her research into the ethical aspects of smart farming.

AI and Ethics Seminar - Technical and Ethical Considerations of Artificial Intelligence
Big Data or Big Brother?

“Facebook defines who we are, Amazon knows what we want and Google knows what we think,” says Marcel Becking, philosopher at Radboud University Nijmegen. “Big data knows better than we do what we want. But if the technology is used like Big Brother, then our autonomy is at stake. Power is an important element. Silicon Valley companies know a lot. But no data about your health, education and banking. What happens if you text or email your doctor? That is why it is important that politics also plays an important role. GDPR is the first step.”
building dreams

Annelies van den Brink and Jan Marsman of Hitachi ask the question: What are people doing with AI worldwide and what can the Netherlands add to it? According to Forbes, Russia is investing in war technology and the US is investing in talent. Estonia is a forerunner in legal issues about AI. They also have a relatively large number of start-ups. And the Netherlands? Van den Brink explains: “Invest in collaboration and technology. In the Golden Age we built the best ships, we can do that again now. Build a dream.”
AI and robots: curse or blessing?

Guszti Eiben of VU Amsterdam says: “Machine learning is hot. AI must satisfy four things: thinking and acting as a human being and thinking and acting rationally. Intelligence needs a body, mind, hardware and software. I expect the development to go fast.” If robots can think for themselves and develop new robots themselves, the following question will arise: “Who should be protected in the future? Do robots have rights?” One thing is clear: living and working with AI will never be the same again.

Seminar AI and Ethics
Cyber ​​crime and AI

Jan Veldink is the last speaker of the seminar. He works at Rabobank and is a teacher at Nyenrode. “Banks face major challenges to protect their customers. Fighting fraud has to be done quickly. It is illogical for someone to withdraw money within an hour in both the Netherlands and Indonesia. In addition, machine learning machines must be 100% correct. And you have to be prepared for new attacks all the time.” Technology will certainly change the future. Veldsink: “We want it to be safe and add value.”
Attendees

Participant Marko Kiers will start as a manager at Oracle next month. He says: “I found Eiben inspiring. He uses fun TV series like Westwood in his presentation. I also found smart farming very interesting. What will happen if farmers can live off their data sales? That provides a greater return for the early adopters.” Joke Ederveen follows the module Market, Law & Ethics at Nyenrode. “I thought it was very topical. It has become clear to me that knowledge should be available to everyone. In my role as a business consultant, I want to put AI more on the agenda.”
Modular Executive MBA in Business & IT

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