Ethics in the Age of AI & Big Data

Prof.Dr. Alena Buyx, Deutsche Ethik-Kommission / TU München

The power of big data analytics together with artificial intelli gence and machine learning currently enables the development of new tools to predict and understand risks at an unprecedented speed. Not only do we understand illnesses better – we are getting closer to near-perfect, individual health risk profiles. Not only can we predict some behaviors – we are now also getting closer to predicting our innermost thoughts, our character, our ideas. These novel tools have great potential to improve our lives, not just regarding our health, but far beyond. Some even say that we are facing an ‘Oppenheimer’ moment: are we developing beneficial tools for humanity, or are we unleashing a terrible power we only half understand at this point? The talk will explore some of the ethical issues and invite the audience to consider how these aspects touch their individual lives, and what they might mean to them.