Ethics of Algorithms

From principles to practice: How can we make AI ethics measurable?

Discussions about the societal consequences of algorithmic decision-making systems are omnipresent. A growing number of guidelines for the ethical development of so-called artificial intelligence (AI) have been put forward by stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, and the scientific and policymaking spheres. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Algo.Rules are among this body of proposals. However, it […]

What strategies are needed to ensure machines serve humankind?

Impact assessments, seals of quality for the origin and quality of data, creating class-action rights for federal anti-discrimination agencies, establishing an agency with algorithmic oversight – there are several ways to go about making sure that algorithmic systems are used for the well-being of everyone in society. The working paper “Machines in the Service of […]

Using algorithms to predict death: Lessons learned

Animals are extraordinary beings. Oscar the cat, for example. Adopted as a kitten by the staff at a nursing home in the United States, he grew up surrounded by people with end-stage dementia. At some point staff members noticed something unusual: Oscar did not interact much with people, but when he made himself comfortable next […]

Quality Criteria for Algorithms – Lessons from Existing Compendia

What operations should algorithms be allowed to perform? What standards of quality should they be held to? For what purposes may they be used? Although they are deeply relevant for society, we have yet to reach a social consensus on these issues. A number of international organizations seek to answer these questions by formulating quality […]