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How IT Leaders Can Embrace Responsible AI

By ET Bureau - September 23, 2022 5 Mins Read

Before organizations design their AI strategy, they must define what responsible AI means within the context of their organization’s environment.

Both positive and negative effects are amplified when artificial intelligence supplements or even replaces human decision-making. AI systems can cause a variety of risks and potential problems, such as bias and discrimination, loss of money or reputation, a lack of transparency, or violations of security and privacy. Responsible AI facilitates the desired results by resolving conflicts between providing value and accepting risks.

The overall AI strategy of a business must include responsible AI. The Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and IT leaders can advance their organization toward a vision of responsible AI by implementing the following actions in collaboration with data and analytics leadership.

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Define ethical AI

The phrase “responsible AI” refers to a broad range of ethical and business decisions that should be made while implementing AI. Decisions about risk, trust, transparency, fairness, bias, mitigation, accountability, safety, privacy, regulatory compliance, and other issues are included.

Organizations must define responsible AI in their organizational environment before developing their AI strategy. There are various aspects of responsible AI, but according to Gartner, five principles are shared by most enterprises.

These principles define responsible AI as that which is:

  • Human-centric and socially beneficial, serving human goals and supporting ethical and more efficient automation while relying on human touch and common sense.
  • Fair so that individuals or groups are not systematically disadvantaged through AI-driven decisions while addressing dissolution, isolation, and polarization among users.
  • Transparent and explainable to build trust, confidence, and understanding in AI systems.
  • Secure and safe to protect the interests and privacy while interacting with AI systems across different jurisdictions.
  • Accountable for creating channels for recourse and establishing rights for individuals.

Understand how responsible AI benefits the business

Making a case for changes to important stakeholders is a crucial part of a responsible AI journey. IT can accomplish the objectives it set out to accomplish with AI if it has a clear strategy for responsible AI and effectively communicates the business benefits to senior leadership. Understanding how ethical AI may help the company is necessary for this.

To keep people’s faith in AI, responsible AI assists the company by assisting in addressing uncertainties. Responsible AI, for instance, enables enterprises to proactively remain ahead of the regulatory curve, enhancing the company’s reputation with clients, partners, and other important stakeholders.

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Responsible AI creates value across the organization by boosting AI use and mapping changes in risk exposure. This makes AI more inclusive and human-centric by increasing safety, dependability, and sustainability, which benefits workers, customers, and society as a whole.

A responsible AI program also helps the teams in charge of planning and carrying out projects. It is possible to assure individual fairness, as well as fair representation, accuracy, and errors, by employing procedures and strategies that minimize sample bias, protect user privacy, and are transparent. With extensive testing, retesting, and updates to attacks and vulnerabilities through stress testing and validation, AI engineers can make sure models are secure and resilient.

Create a responsible AI roadmap

After a thorough understanding of the business benefits has been achieved, fill in any holes in the current plan with a responsible AI roadmap.

Organizations usually start with an ad hoc approach, which is reactive in nature and addresses challenges posed by AI systems on the go. This serves as a Band-Aid and frequently gets harder over time as firms have to play catch-up with current regulations to assure compliance. Although this strategy might be effective for smaller firms, as systems get more interwoven and complicated, it might not be practical.

IT leaders can begin developing their objectives and vision once firms have evaluated their existing status as responsible AI. Start with a basic path, examining the strategy and vision for AI and trying to change from an ad hoc to a systematic approach. Plan the creation and implementation of responsible AI using the available resources, and concentrate on explaining the commercial value to the important stakeholders. Lay the groundwork for AI trust and boost adoption across the enterprise. Organizations can begin the stability path after completing the foundational path. To maintain robust security and privacy, put your attention on continually becoming more proactive and expanding the testing and validation skills.

Digital Transformation through Responsible AI

Finally, enterprises that have developed along their responsible AI journey can embark on the transformative route, becoming thought leader that supports AI for good. The transformative stage is for businesses that aim to develop an autonomous AI strategy, where discussions and activities center on sustainability and human centricity.

Any corporation starting an AI endeavor must adhere to this systematic process for comprehending, employing, and putting into practice ethical AI methods tailored to their industry. The path toward ethical AI will change as new obstacles appear, but it will become more crucial as AI becomes more prevalent in business and society.

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