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Artificial Intelligence for Business: Today and Tomorrow • 18 June 2021 • 1 PM ET

web13 portalimageJust like every company is now a software company, every business will soon become an Artificial Intelligent (AI) business. In this talk, David Carmona, Microsoft’s General Manager for AI and Innovation, will discuss the key technological trends that will fuel that revolution, including massive AI models trained on super computers, autonomous systems that learn with humans, augmented intelligence, and responsible AI.

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Featured Speaker: David Carmona
General Manager, Artificial Intelligence & Innovation, Microsoft


Mr. David Carmona manages Microsoft AI’s go-to-market, business strategy, and incubation across Enterprise and developer AI products and services. He’s the author of O’Reilly’s book for business leaders, “The AI Organization,” and has more than two decades of experience in the technology industry where he began his career as a software engineer. He joined Microsoft more than 15 years ago and has held a variety of engineering and business leadership roles both internationally and in Redmond, Washington.



AI Systematic Errors — Who is Responsible? • 8 July 2021 • 1 PM ET

DRI Portal ImageFormer Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren once said that “In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.” Nevertheless, regarding new technologies, legal regulations often lag. Firstly, court officials agree that similarly to animals, Artificial Intelligence is not responsible for its’ own decisions and actions.

In contrast to humans, all decisions made by algorithms are systematic and based on user data, sensors, and algorithms. The question is, who is responsible for errors: the provider, the integrator, or the end-user? In most scenarios, responsibility is distributed amongst all stakeholders. Full autonomic systems (including self-driving technology) are not accepted by lawmakers, and a human supervisor is demanded as a backup.

Thanks to behavioral science, research knows that humans can be influenced and manipulated by Artificial Intelligence. This is comparable to the animal kingdom in which an alpha rules the pack, but the beta is able to manipulate the alpha.

Accountability from all sides (including creators, integrators, and users) is required to reduce systematic errors and the related effects on humans, such as falling to biases (like the over-trust of Artificial Intelligence and status pressure), leading to mission and commission error.

System-thinking, as described by W. Edwards Deming in his “System of Profound Knowledge,” can exemplify the direction – AI decision making must be transparent, audited, and understood by humans. Even more, humans need to be aware that responsibility stays with them. This means they not only have to accept accountability for decisions but must also directly create AI-based on Deming’s philosophy. For everything else, Deming concluded that “a bad system will beat a good person every time.” An increasing number of government officials are demanding the inclusion of behavioral science into acceptable corporate behavior. This can result in a greater moral responsibility amongst creators and providers of AI for their technology, in addition to a legal and sanctionable influence.

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Featured Speaker: Patrick Henz
Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance US
Regional Compliance Officer Americas

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Patrick Henz started his career in the Corporate Information Office and Compliance at the end of 2007 when he was responsible for the implementation of the Siemens Anti-Corruption program in Mexico and several Central American & Caribbean countries. Together with these tasks, he gained valuable insights into global Compliance programs, with a focus on Latin America. Since 2009 in his role as Compliance Officer he is responsible for an effective Compliance program; based on identification, protection, detection, response & recovery and combined with integrity, respect, passion & sustainability. With these means, he defines Governance, Risk & Compliance as pro-active function, being perceived as guardian, expert, and facilitator. The focus is on information to ensure adequate behavior, not only of the human employee, but Artificial Intelligence included.

Furthermore, he is a member of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative, and author of the books “Business Philosophy according to Enzo Ferrari” and “Tomorrow’s Business Ethics – Philip K. Dick vs. W. Edwards Deming”.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • 18 May 2021 — The Future of Digital Twins — Featured Speakers: Roberto Saracco and Derrick DeKerchove
  • 18 June 2021 — Artificial Intelligence for Business: Today and Tomorrow — Featured Speaker: David Carmona
  • 8 July 2021 — AI Systematic Errors — Who is Responsible? — Featured Speaker: Patrick Henz


Other Promoted Webinars, Events, Workshops, etc. 

Data and Device Identity, Validation, and Interoperability in Connected Healthcare • 16 June 2021 

SA Promo3As clinical IoT devices become increasingly connected to each other and to other technologies, the ability of connected systems to safely, securely, and effectively exchange and use the information becomes critical. This session of the Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual Workshop series will discuss reference implementations for existing interface standards and explore critical unanswered questions regarding safety, identity, cybersecurity, and performance attributes of connected systems in the context of sustainable and scalable data and devices interoperability.

There are critical needs for clinical-based interoperability standards that address clinical and non-clinical scenarios and define specific functional requirements and non-functional requirements, such as Quality of Service (QoS), quality of measurement (precision and accuracy), and, most importantly, safety to describe the essential performance requirements for such composite systems. 

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Access the Resources, Research and Benefits of the Industry Applications Society and IEEE SA Standards Development • 9 July 2021 

SA Promo1The Industry Applications Society (IAS) is a transnational organization interested in the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical and electronic engineering; promotion of safe, reliable and economic installations; creation of engineering standards and recommended practices; and the professional development of its membership. In conjunction with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA), the Standards Committee of the IAS has developed key standards including arc-flash hazard calculations, requirements for trace heating, squirrel cage motors, and the Color Books.

This webinar will focus on the scope of the IAS organization, as well as the available resources and opportunities within the IAS for research enhancement and career development. In addition, it will address the standards development process, using IEEE 1584™-2018, IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations, one of the most recognized standards sponsored by the IAS, as an example

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Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Week • 3-4 November 2021 

SA Promo2The 10th year anniversary of the 2021 Edition of IEEE SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Week (E&IP@ATD) is the premier venue for automobile manufacturers, suppliers, semiconductor vendors, tool providers, engineers, scientists, educators and the media to share ground breaking ideas along with implementation strategies and applications related to Automotive Ethernet Systems. Attendees will receive and share information, and actively participate in the latest developments in shaping Automotive Ethernet into a globally deployed, volume car automotive network.

Presentations will provide insights into the developments, trends and solutions in a vast array of topics.

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