Pilot of Short-Format Intro to IEEE 7010-2020 Ethics Standard Live Training

On Wednesday Zvikomborero Murahwi, Daniel Schiff, and I piloted the presentation we will be offering at the AAAS conference next month with a small focus group of friends and colleagues. Many thanks to our participants for their attendance and advice
It was very helpful for us to get feedback, both from those who had not used or heard of the IEEE 7010-2020 standard before, and from other working group members who collaborated with us previously on the standard development.
The biggest challenge moving forward and integrating everyone’s feedback is in the short format. We had proposed a 90 minute workshop to AAAS, but were only accepted for a 45 minute workshop. We will do our best to implement as much of the feedback as possible into the 45 minute presentation we do at AAAS.
The comments and suggestions also confirmed the need for longer training sessions that can provide a more in-depth overview of the course. I propose to provide this in the 2021 Alerive course catalog. 
While we are happy to develop custom trainings, the two formats I currently propose to offer on AI use, ethics, assessment, and evaluation are geared to providing a more in-depth training on the standard to two audiences: (1) technology development and government/policy/regulation stakeholders, and (2) Organizational users of A/IS and those considering implementing A/IS who did not develop the technology themselves.
I am offering each of these as a 1/2 day (4-hour) course, or as a series (ie., either two 2-hour sessions, or four 1-hour sessions). I also have two other lower cost options in the works I would like to launch in the future: 1) self-paced, video/online only option, and 2) self-paced + live interaction.
I would also love to make a gamified version as part of educating and inspiring youth in STEM. I have seen at least one grant that would be applicable to this aim. At this time, we currently lack the resources (financial, implementation-wise, collaborative, etc.) to pull together a quality proposal for this. If appropriate collaborators are identified to support grant/writing/funding/etc., hopefully this could be developed in future.
Feel free to share your feedback and ideas, or reach out to us if you’re interested in collaborating! Find full descriptions of the courses below.

Our A/IS Courses

Impact Assessments for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems: Incorporating An Understanding Of The Ethical Implications of A/IS Impact on Human Wellbeing

The growing use of artificial intelligence has raised awareness of the need for further human protections in this growing field. This need impacts policy makers and researchers working in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS), as well as developers and industry partners working to provide new products and services using A/IS.  In this course, participants will be introduced to a new international standard – IEEE 7010-2020 – IEEE Recommended Practice for Assessing the Impact of A/IS on Human Well-being.  With the knowledge gained in this course, participants will be able to understand how to apply the standard within their sphere of influence. For example, to propose integration within an organization’s product development, or for integration as part of government regulation, policies and guidance for the A/IS business sector.

In this course, attendees will learn the following:

  • Scope and purpose of the 7010-2020 Standard, how well-being and different domains of human wellbeing are defined within the standard, and different types of A/IS technology applications
  • The roadmap and process checklist for the standard, including the overall model of developing a Well-being Impact Assessment (WIA) Framework
  • How to perform the internal analysis, stakeholder/user engagement, and initial creation of the well-being indicators dashboard
  • How to create a data collection process for assessment and evaluation, as well as gain familiarity with existing tools for evaluating well-being impact within different domains of human wellbeing that can be used for this evaluation process, including baseline and post-baseline data collection
  • The iterative process of engaging in A/IS improvement and using the well-being indicators dashboard

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems In My Organization: Assessing Impact and Risk Management

Use of A/IS within organizations is a growing trend, from supporting Human Resources, to replacing human workers in tasks such as food preparation or mechanical tasks. Leaders, managers, risk management professionals, and human resource departments need to know how human stakeholders will be impacted by the use of AI technology in order to adequately prepare risk mitigation and corporate social responsibility measures.

This course is designed to educate organizational leaders who may currently be using or planning to use A/IS in their organization.  It will guide them in making accurate benefit and risk assessments about A/IS, as well as in monitoring and assessing the impact of A/IS once implemented to mitigate any potential negative impacts.

In this course, participants will be introduced to a new international standard – IEEE 7010-2020 – IEEE Recommended Practice for Assessing the Impact of A/IS on Human Well-being. This standard provides a framework to assist leaders in performing both initial assessments and ongoing evaluations.

Attendees will learn the following:

  • The different types of A/IS technology applications used within organizations. This includes some that they may not be aware of, such as automated resume screening (ARS) software. Also explored are the unintended consequences or adverse impacts that could negatively impact public perception that should be evaluated or monitored as part of being a socially responsible corporation.
  • The scope and purpose of the 7010-2020 Standard, how well-being and different domains of human wellbeing are defined within the standard, and how it can be used to assist with A/IS technology evaluation and monitoring.
  • The components of the standard’s recommended roadmap and processes, and how they could be used for one’s organization. This includes understanding the overall model of developing a Well-being Impact Assessment (WIA) Framework
  • The processes for performing  analyses and where to go for additional support and resources on utilizing the standard, choosing data collection metrics and developing the well-being indicators dashboard
  • Participants will also gain familiarity with existing tools for evaluating well-being impact within different domains of human wellbeing that can be used for this evaluation process, including baseline and post-baseline data collection

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