Lead Product Manager, Prospa
Anyone who has had a seat on a 'rocket ship' can appreciate the tensions experienced when making decisions with data. Sometimes, to maintain momentum and remain agile, sacrifices need to be made. As Lead Product Manager for Organisational Scale at Prospa, Andrew Walker has survived this very journey and is alive to tell the tale (he has the scars to prove it). He covered the tough choices made, particularly in developing Prospa's Credit Decision Engine, in order to move at an industry-leading pace but also maintain a market-leading NPS.
Principal Researcher, Gradient Institute
Consequential decisions are increasingly being made by AI, like selecting who to recruit, who receives a home-loan or credit card, and how much someone pays for goods or services. AI systems have the potential to to make these decisions more accurately and at a far greater scale than humans, but, if improperly designed they run the risk of doing unintentional harm -- especially to already disadvantaged members of society. Only by building AI systems that accurately estimate the real impact of possible outcomes on a variety of ethically relevant measures can we ensure this powerful technology improves the lives of everyone. This talk focused on the anatomy of these ethically-aware decision-making systems, and some design principles to help the data scientists, engineers and decision-makers collaborating to build them.