When artificial intelligence and ethics go hand-in-hand…

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In an interview for the magazine Mundo Ciencia (rfi), Olivier Epinette, Director of Programs and Teaching and Deputy Director of Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, explains the inextricable link between artificial intelligence (AI) and ethics.

IMT-BS trains future managers in artificial intelligence. It’s imperative these managers of tomorrow be aware of the resulting ethical issues. Indeed, the technologies involved in AI raise a number of ethical questions, such as how the personal data of users should be used. Olivier Epinette explains that it’s necessary – from the outset, from the coding phase through to experimentation and design – to ‘think ethics’ and anticipate the potential uses of any AI.

This topic has been brought into the spotlight by a number of research professors at Institut Mines-Télécom Business School. For example, Christine Balagué, professor at IMT-BS, published ‘the ethical challenges of artificial intelligence’. More recently, in September 2019, the Good in Tech research chair was launched to provide new knowledge around the issues of responsible and ethical technologies, and to contribute to the sharing of knowledge in academic and educational circles, but also amongst companies, policy makers and regulators, as well as the general public.

The subject was also addressed in 2019 as part of a symposium at the Evry-Sénart Sciences et Innovation (ESSI) association, ‘The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence’.