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Make Data Work
September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

An ethical foundation for the AI-driven future

Harry Glaser (Periscope Data)
2:05pm–2:45pm Wednesday, 09/12/2018
Law, ethics, governance, Strata Business Summit
Location: 1E 12/13 Level: Beginner
Secondary topics:  Ethics and Privacy
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Data team members and managers

What you'll learn

  • Understand how using machine learning for classification, prediction, ranking, etc. runs a strong risk of delivering immoral outcomes if unchallenged and why it's your job as a data professional to use your skills to be the moral compass of your organization and make it right


Do we have a moral role as data scientists? How do you balance your responsibility to do what’s best for the company with your moral responsibility as a member of society?

As data becomes more accessible to everyone and as AI and ML technologies become part of our everyday life, the data team takes on a very important moral role as the conscience of the corporation. Are you taking charge to ensure data is used properly?

Harry Glaser explores examples in which using machine learning and AI for classification, prediction, ranking, and more runs a strong risk of delivering immoral outcomes if unchallenged. Harry also makes the case that CDOs and their teams will increasingly have the role of “chief conscience” at the company, giving them a stronger seat at the executive table to make sure data and algorithms are used the right way.

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Harry Glaser

Periscope Data

Harry Glaser is cofounder and CEO of Periscope Data. Harry and cofounder Tom O’Neill have grown Periscope Data to serve nearly 1,000 customers. Previously, he worked at Google. Harry holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Rochester.