Advancing Responsible AI Innovation & Leadership: What does it mean to practice responsible innovation in AI, particularly for AI systems using human language?

On October 14, 2021, the Center for Equity, Gender & Leadership (EGAL) hosted four inspiring leaders in corporate innovation to discuss responsible management strategies for AI systems that rely on human language. The use of AI systems impacting various areas of our lives is rapidly expanding — AI systems are slated to add $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. The opportunities this poses, as well as dangerous consequences, have risen to the forefront for corporate practitioners committed to instilling equity and inclusion within product development.

All four speakers paid particular attention to AI systems built with data supported by human language including chatbots, hate speech filters, and speech recognition software, and focused on how to best identify, mitigate, and remove biases.

The event launched EGAL’s new guide, Responsible Language in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, aimed to support management practices and actions that infuse equity and inclusion into the product life cycle. Jen Gennai, Founder & Head of Responsible Innovation at Google emphasized that “tools are really important and they need to be repeatable and transferable. Toolboxes, like the one that EGAL has created, [allow] people to learn when they may not have the same level of resources or expertise that corporations or larger institutions have.”

The speakers shared their perspectives and experiences building teams and product cycles centered on responsible AI practices. Below are four key takeaways from the panel.

Berkeley Haas alum and Director of Product Management at Google, Archana Kannan, shared final remarks for the session reminding audience members of the Berkeley Haas Defining Leadership Principles that guide our students, faculty, and partners on campus. “All of us have to go beyond ourselves” Archana said. “This is an early space and there is so much that needs to be shaped. We are nowhere close to completion and everyone needs to do their part to help define this in the next decade.”

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