In Tech We Trust: Embedding Human Values and Ethical Standards Into AI

The prestigious HUMAN+ international and interdisciplinary fellowship programme, led by the SFI ADAPT Centre and Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, is launching Human+ Tech Talks. Human+ Tech Talks is a series of online roundtable discussions that will bring together a distinguished panel of industry and academic experts to explore different dimensions of human-centred AI research.

This edition of the Human+ Tech Talks series focuses on the topic – In Tech We Trust: Embedding Human Values and Ethical Standards Into AI.

Building trust around a disruptive technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is deemed crucial in order to realise its full potential while minimising the risks to people and communities. Trustworthiness has become a key concept in AI development and governance, as testified by recent EU, IEEE, and ISO initiatives. However, Trustworthy AI conceptual boundaries and practical implications still raise questions prompting further investigation.

By combining different perspectives and backgrounds, speakers will discuss the rationale behind the concept, the state-of-the-art of its operationalisation, as well as the challenges to be faced and possible ways forward.

The seminar aims to move forward the conversation on the following issues:

  • How to build AI applications people can trust?
  • What does trustworthiness mean for different actors and disciplines?
  • How to operationalise ethical standards?
  • How to integrate technical solutions, organisational governance, and regulatory frameworks?


Who are the speakers?

Prof Blanaid Clarke

Blanaid holds the McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include: company law; corporate governance; ethics; financial services law; securities law; and takeover law and she has published extensively in these areas. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Law and was one of the editors of Palmer’s Company Law and (2009-2021) and Legal Studies (2011-2016). She is the Irish representative on the OECD Corporate Governance Committee and is also on the board of a number of national/international institutions in this space. Read more.

Dr Nicola Paladino

Dr Nicola is a research fellow under the Human+ Cofund Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme from the Arts and Humanities Research Strand. His work is focused on questions that consider technological developments from the humanistic perspective. He works closely with his academic mentors Prof Blanaid Clarke (School of Law) and Prof David Lewis (School of Computer Science and Statistics) to advance the discussion on how to embed ethical and human rights standards within the AI systems’ socio-technical design, offering a first workable instrument to address the AI ethics “principle to practices gap” within operative contexts. Read more.

Dr Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis is an Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin and the head of its Artificial Intelligence Discipline. He is also Deputy Director of the ADAPT SFI Research Centre for Digital Content Technology. His research focuses on the use of open semantic models to manage the Data Protection and Data Ethics issues associated with digital content processing. Read more.

Dr Kenneth McKenzie

Dr Kenneth McKenzie is the Research Portfolio Lead in the Human Sciences Studio of Accenture. He is a trained Social Psychologist in academia whose work involves applied behavioural science models and methods in consulting work. He is responsible for the quality, quantity and relevance of the research work produced by the Human Sciences Studio. He has been the Advisory Board Member of various highly acclaimed institutions in this domain including the SFI Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies (ADVANCE CRT). Know more.

Dr David Filip

Dr David Filip is the chair of NSAI TC 02/SC 18 AI, convenor of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 43/WG 3 AI Trustworthiness. He is also currently the Senior Director of Standards and Industry Development at Huawei Technologies. His work involves advancing interoperability in digital content technologies by developing and implementing open and transparent technical standards. Before joining Huawei as ISO/IEC JTC 1 strategist in January 2021, David ran standardization activities for the ADAPT Centre at Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, and Moravia (now RWS Moravia). Know more.


Due to capacity limitations, this event will now be online-only. Sign-up for this HUMAN+ Tech Talk and be part of fascinating discussions on the trustworthiness of AI.



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