On October 31, Sookmyung Women’s University invited Craig Shank, Vice President of Global Policy Affairs at Microsoft, to hold a special lecture on “The Ethics of AI”.
Vice President Craig Shank has served as a key member of the Legal Department of Policy Cooperation and Windows product organization, establishing and managing partnerships between governments and corporations around the world. He currently leads a corporate standards group of technical and standards policy specialists and is responsible for ensuring that MS products meet the various standards of the global market.
The special lecture addressed ethical problems of AI that have emerged as a major social issue due to the full-scale development of artificial intelligence in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Global IT companies such as IBM, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others have formed the organization ‘Partnership on AI’ to solve AI-related ethical problems. In Korea, Kakao was the first to announce, ‘Algorithm Ethics’ and associated movements are active both inside and outside of the country. Microsoft has also established an artificial intelligence ethics design guide last year, continuing efforts to establish social standards for the use of artificial intelligence.
By showing a video of one visually impaired engineer working at Microsoft, Shank introduced the benefits of technological advancements on people and the social changes brought forth by the development of AI. However, by also pointing out problems such as automation, income inequality, and personalization, he said that for a brighter future we should focus on what ‘AI should do’ not what ‘AI can do’. He further mentioned that rather than technological developments itself, every individual must lead a new paradigm by listening to the voices of consumers on issues regarding social responsibility and ethics.
Meanwhile, over 150 students attended the special lecture held in Moon Woo Hall (room 101), exceeding the maximum number of people it can hold. The participation rate was so high that the Q&A sessions and photo time exceeded the originally scheduled time.