For my book “Access Granted – Tomorrow’ Business Ethics” I elaborated a job-profile for the new position of an Artificial Intelligence Compliance Officer (AICO), a human employee, whose target groups are the AI-software, but  also its programmers. It includes AI inside the company’s products and solutions, but also internal AI, taking the role of an artificial employee.  Such a robot or intelligent software is less comparable to the humanized “C3PO” or “R2D2”, but better be understood as the “T-1000” from the Terminator-cinemalogy. A machine what could be created for all purposes, to terminate or protect humans. Similar to a predator, not good or bad, but simply fulfilling its purpose in nature.

Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro, Copyright 2017 by Patrick Henz
Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro, Copyright 2017 by Patrick Henz

Base for this new job-function is the university- and business-workgroup “Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Machine Learning” (FATML), which wants to understand and ensure that machine learning and its decision making stays based on values and ethics. With these principles, the AICO has to foster and ensure responsibility, explainability, accuracy, auditability and fairness.

Similar to today’s Compliance Officer, who is responsible for human employees only, the AICO has to establish him- or herself, not only as technical and legal-expert, but furthermore as a trusted colleague and advisor. This concept explains, why the Ethics & Compliance department can be enriched by AI, but not replaced. A brave new world is awaiting us!

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