Fordham University Hosts Global Ethical Vision AI Conference

The Goal is to Fill the Void from a Lack of U.S. Regulations Related to the Use of AI

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On November 29th, Fordham University hosted a conference entitled, “Ethical Vision Artificial Intelligence: Creating an Effective AI Compliance Framework” in New York. The conference was hosted by Professor Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid, a visiting professor at Fordham Law School and a Fellow Professor at Yale Law School.

“This is our first step toward the establishment of a forum that will discuss, propose and advance ethical-legal AI guidelines for future regulations,” said Professor Yanisky-Ravid. “In light of the rapid and constant growth in uses of AI and lack of regulations, we are holding this international conference that addresses the challenges and solutions. A recent report unveils that sensitive facial recognition technology is being adopted by law enforcement across the globe, including U.S. law enforcement agencies that are increasingly using body-worn cameras, which may challenge and potentially violate human and civil rights of citizens when paired with facial recognition abilities.”

Prof. Yanisky-Ravid noted, “Our goal is to fill the existing gap resulting from the lack of U.S. laws and regulations relating to AI systems. It also aims to cultivate dialogue that is currently lacking between policy makers and private industry by building bridges of trust between these entities to foster better understanding of various perspectives. We share the same goals in establishing ethical-legal principles, guidelines and norms. These principles should be based upon fairness, equality, privacy, responsibility, accountability, transparency and accuracy of AI systems.”

“This international conference is our first step toward the establishment of an ‘incubator’ for exchanging ideas, conducting research and promoting discourse and publications,” stated Prof. Yanisky-Ravid. “We envision a forum that will discuss, propose and advance ethical-legal AI guidelines and principles for future regulations using academic tools, including research, roundtables, presentations, discussions and publications. This forum is critical to tackle the ethical and legal questions stemming from the ever-changing AI ecosystem which currently lacks proper regulation.”

Prof. Carole Basri, Chief Advisor of the Association of Corporate in-House Counsel Program, discussed the challenge of creating an ethical and effective AI compliance framework. Prof. Basri proposed several ideas for companies to better regulate their own use of AI with active government oversight of machine vision, biometrics and facial recognition technology.

Prof. Basri said, “There is a deep and common concern in modern society that AI technology will become uncontrollable. There is, therefore, a call for social, legal and ethical tools for regulating AI’s functions and outcomes. An effective compliance framework can help organizations address concerns about the technology.”

Dean Nicolls, Oosto’s Chief Marketing Officer, represented the Visual AI and facial recognition industry in the discussion. Oosto is a leading visual AI platform enabling enterprises to protect customers, guests and employees by identifying security and safety threats in real-time by exploiting the power of AI-based face and object recognition technologies.

Mr. Nicolls presented a scale of sensitivity of facial recognition use cases ranging from unlocking users’ mobile phones for authentication to mass public surveillance of citizens by government agencies. “The media’s focus on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition and the wrongful arrests resulting from its application have cast a negative perception of facial recognition technology — even though these examples represent a small fraction of the total use cases in production.”

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About Oosto

Leading organizations in the financial services, buildings, retail, health, sports, gaming, and other Fortune 500 companies are using Oosto’s leading visual AI platform to positively impact safety, productivity, and customer experience. Oosto enables enterprises to better protect their customers, guests, and employees by identifying security and safety threats in real-time without compromising on fair and ethical use. Founded in 2015, Oosto operates globally through a network of offices and distributors and is backed by leading investors including Softbank Vision Fund, Eldridge, Qualcomm Ventures and DFJ Growth. To learn more about how Oosto incorporates ethical AI and data privacy into its solutions and processes, please see: Why Trust Oosto.

About Fordham University

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition across nine schools. Fordham awards baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees to approximately 16,000 students from Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, the Gabelli School of Business (undergraduate and graduate), the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Religion and Religious Education, and Social Service, and the School of Law. The University has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre, Clerkenwell, in the United Kingdom.


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