AI & ChatGPT – Neither Wise Nor Threatening
In this engaging talk, big data scientist, author, and algorithm expert Cathy O’Neil breaks down the headlines around the newest generation of AI tools, ChatGPT. With her trademark humor and gift for making scientific language accessible, Cathy dispels the myths around whether to celebrate – or fear – these new tools, and how individuals and organizations can use them for maximum benefit while minimizing harm.
Algorithms Don’t Predict the Future, They Cause the Future
We all know that algorithms determine which social media ads you see, but have you considered how they are deciding your fate? Algorithms decide who gets the job, who gets into the college and which dating candidates you see. In some companies AI performance reviews determine who gets fired and promoted. Some of the biggest moments in your life are decided by algorithms. You are being nudged if not pushed into the path determined by The Digital Fates. In this talk Cathy O’Neil reveals the bias inherent in these algorithms, raises your awareness of how it is impacting your life, and teaches you how you can opt out to avoid being fooled or left out.
How to Fix the Inherent and Unintended Risks of the Algorithms
This speech holds an important message for tech companies which create algorithms and the companies which employ them to determine pricing, customer experience, or user outcomes. In this talk, Cathy O’Neil raises awareness of how algorithms can embed inherent bias, which may end up rendering products illegal. She recommends scrutinizing the algorithms with an FDA style approach. In her risk-consulting and her talks, O’Neil helps well-intentioned organizations understand the unintended consequences of inherent bias or blindspots in their algorithms, and helps them avoid legal, PR and moral complications.
What Can Go Wrong With Metrics
Companies are squeezed by margins, tough economic conditions, and regulations…but have you thought about how the wrong metrics might be squeezing your business?
In her talk, algorithm and bias expert Cathy O’Neil, helps you examine the metrics that are deciding the fate of your business. Optimizing to those metrics - and the algorithms developed to do so - inform your access to capital, your supply chain, and the way you sell to consumers. You can understand these faulty algorithms even if you don’t have a PhD in math, and raise your awareness of how they are impacting your business.
Bad Algorithms & The Ethical Matrix
Algorithms can embed bias, they can propagate or even exacerbate inequality, or they can just be plain inaccurate. How do we keep track of all the potential problems? How do we make sure the algorithms we build "work well"? What do we even mean by that? In this talk Cathy O'Neil will introduce the ethical matrix, a construction borrowed from moral philosophy, as a way of organizing our thoughts around important and urgent questions like these.
The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation
Based on her new book The Shame Machine, New York Times bestselling author and data expert Cathy O’Neil investigates how shame functions as a tool across sectors, including government, the healthcare system, and the wellness industry. Drawing on her expertise as a mathematician, data scientist, and lifelong fat person, O’Neil offers unparalleled insight about shame, its relationship to power, and how to cultivate dignity for ourselves and others in this age of social media and hyper partisan politics.
Artificial Intelligence (AI): The world’s top artificial intelligence thought leaders, business moguls, and tech titans help businesses and industries plan for what’s next
Individuals, organizations, and companies are experiencing a seismic shift in our relationship to technology – in which once-heady concepts that seemed like science fiction have become daily headlines and urgent topics of conversation. With the transformative potential of generative AI widely available for personal and business use, leaders with a vision for innovation are scrambling to understand the most relevant use cases for their industry and goals. Amidst the tumultuous climate of concerns about governance, misinformation, and risk – decision-makers are turning to AI experts and policymakers to overcome the challenges and take hold of the profound opportunity at hand.
The Harry Walker Agency represents the world's top Artificial Intelligence thought leaders, business moguls, and tech titans who provide invaluable insight in the rapidly shifting landscape of AI and Chat GPT. Corporate leaders like former CEO & Chairman of Xerox URSULA BURNS, former President, CEO, and Chairman of IBM GINNI ROMETTY, and bestselling author DAVID ROWAN inspire their audiences to seize this incomparable moment and lean into innovation. Renowned internet pioneers like SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE, JIMMY WALES, and the Statesman of AI DE KAI unpack these exceptional tech advancements and speak with clarity on the unique opportunities they present for your business. Global tech executives like PayPal’s President and CEO DAN SCHULMAN, digital entrepreneur and VC investor PHIL LIBIN, tech entrepreneur and VC angel investor MICHAEL MIGNANO, and data scientist and tech founder KATICA ROY. Miracle on the Hudson Captain and international lecturer Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER, tech founder and change agent MIKE MUSE, and algorithm expert CATHY O’NEIL speak to how teams can work with AI to achieve astounding results, while emphasizing our values of ingenuity, courage, and inclusion. Data scientist and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower CHRISTOPHER WYLIE and globally recognized cybersecurity expert MARCUS HUTCHINS explain AI’s potential risks and how to navigate the complex cybersecurity issues.
If your organization is looking to maximize the potential of AI to upend your status quo, improve your processes and products, and increase growth and revenue, then turn to these AI speakers who bring relevant experience to the conversation to learn how to respond to emerging and disruptive innovation in an intelligent, nuanced, and meaningful way.
Data expert Cathy O’Neil empowers audiences toward shared humanity in her new book, The Shame Machine
Data skeptic and New York Times bestselling author CATHY O’NEIL investigates shame and power in her highly-anticipated new book, The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation. In her analysis of the “shame industrial complex,” O’Neil shares what causes shame, how it’s weaponized across sectors, and what we can do to reinvest in one another’s humanity, as individuals, organizations, and communities. A trusted voice in academia and the private sector, O’Neil is the New York Times bestselling author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy and a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. Her thought leadership is sought after and she receives rave reviews after events, such as: "Cathy O’Neil was a huge hit. She is funny, smart, and truly wonderful. (…) She is brilliant, but has a wonderful way of bringing esoteric concepts into a realm that make them interesting and comprehensive for those of us who do not have PhDs in mathematics." (PYMNTS.com)
Drawing on her expertise as a mathematician and data scientist, and her lifelong struggle with body image, O’Neil offers unparalleled insights about shame, its relationship to power, and how to cultivate dignity for ourselves and others in this age of social media and hyper partisan politics. While her depth of experience makes her an expert on the impact of algorithm design on our lives and work, with The Shame Machine O’Neil turns our attention to our responsibility to stop the shame cycle and empowers audiences to consider their own and each other’s human dignity. Noted author Dave Eggers writes, “O’Neil reminds us that we must resist the urge to judge, belittle, and oversimplify, and instead allow always for complexity and lead always with empathy.”
Cathy O'Neil's blog and Bloomberg Opinion column
With a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard, a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, professorship at Barnard, and first-hand experience working through the credit crisis on Wall Street, CATHY O'NEIL provides trusted critical analysis of our ever increasing algorithmic world. O'Neil was tapped to appear as a professional in her field in The Social Dilemma, a critically-acclaimed film that explores the dangers of social networking.
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Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard and worked as a math professor at Barnard College before switching over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw and as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Opinion and in 2016 wrote the book Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. She is the CEO of ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company, is a member of the Public Interest Tech Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her new book The Shame Machine: who profits in the new age of humiliation is coming out in March 2022.