Ethics, algorithms, and the pursuit of human flourishing

Mandy Chessell

We are now reaching a time when analytical algorithms are involved in many decisions we make, choosing the information we see, the resources that are made available to us and the resulting actions that are taken. These systems are collecting huge amounts of data and behind the scenes; it is being stored and distributed to third parties.

There is understandable concern about each of these aspects, particularly when commercial interests are in play. Governments are beginning to act, creating regulations such as the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But what do we really need to keep our world human-centric?

In this keynote, we will explore the issues around individuals interacting with complex automated decisions and consider potential mechanisms to allow an individual to understand and control how their data is being used without overwhelming them with technical details of the processing involved.

Mandy Chessel is a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and an IBM Master Inventor.