|1. February, 13.00-16.00 CET
The workshop will be facilitated by industry experts on ethical and responsible AI. Participants are expected to contribute with their knowledge and experience of using and adopting responsible generative AI. The workshop will be interactive, and participants will receive expert advice from industry leaders and get the opportunity to collaborate with members from the AI ecosystem.
Examples of topics that can be covered in the workshop:
- What ethical concerns and risks are Nordic companies facing when looking to use generative AI to augment their workforce, or automate previously manual processes?
- How much control can and should be transferred from humans to technology?
- How can Nordic companies safeguard against risks with generative AI? What actions should be taken at solution-level vs organizational-level?
Nordic Innovation will select 7-10 companies from different industries that meet the following criteria:
- A company that uses AI in products, services or operations and has started to pilot generative AI or deployed generative AI solutions; or
- A company that offers B2B tools or services that help their customers ensure responsible use of generative AI
Workshop 1: Need for AI governance, AI definitions and training
This is the second out of four workshops taking place under the Nordic Ethical AI Sandbox. The first workshop focused on identifying key components that constitute an organizational approach to ethical and responsible AI, and what critical capabilities are needed to operationalize it. 9 companies from various industries participated in the workshop.
The participants discussed the need for AI governance and control to ensure oversight of AI operations. It was emphasized that AI should not be over-regulated internally but instead target the use of AI in fields that have higher potential to negatively impact people, society and the business itself. The need for flexibility in AI governance was highlighted.
It was also recommended that businesses should agree on a common definition for AI and create an AI model register. The need for a methodology on how to evaluate and mitigate the risks of AI systems was also highlighted.
The need for training of stakeholders from across the organization to understand their role in practicing the approach set forth by the organization was also discussed in the workshop.
Ville Mäkinen, Advisor at Nordic Innovation, highlights the value of bringing companies together around the topic of ethical AI as the most important aspect from the first workshop:
“Our first ethical AI sandbox workshop underlined the interest and benefits of bringing companies together. Overall, while many companies are yet to properly embark into their journey in building cross-cutting organizational capability in ethical AI, it is crucial to share insights and spar on best practices," he says.
Also the following webinar that shared learnings about the workshop for the whole ecosystem was very beneficial:
"We were happy to share “quick wins” from the great discussions in the workshop in our webinar, and we are looking forward to publish more comprehensive findings in a playbook when the whole series of sandbox workshops is completed,” Ville continues.
Background: The Nordic Ethical AI Sandbox
The aim of the Nordic Ethical AI Sandbox is to help build knowledge and capability for Nordic companies on how to address some of the challenges within responsible AI. It is an opportunity for companies to work directly with responsible AI experts and members from the Nordic AI ecosystem. Besides four workshops, the Nordic Ethical AI Sandbox also includes seminars that are open to the entire Nordic AI ecosystem.
Insights and learnings from the four workshops will be summarized in a public case study and contribute to a Nordic Ethical AI Playbook that will be published in 2024.
The Nordic Ethical AI Sandbox is a part of the Nordic Ethical AI and Ecosystem project which is developed in collaboration with Accenture and Silo AI and funded under the AI and Data program. The object of the AI and Data program is to make the Nordic region a front runner in digitalization, AI, and responsible use of data.