Implications of a machine economy

Trialogue: An open framework for ethics, data analysis, and supervision, in statistical modeling

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The Perfect Brainstorm, a community contest aimed at bringing the brightest thinkers, visionaries and business oriented people together to work out concrete use case ideas enabled by IOTA. The grand winner of this contest will get their idea implemented. There will be cash prizes for the top 3 ideas and the best 5 submissions will receive limited edition IOTA branded Ledger Nano devices.

Trialogue summary 

Make AI, Machine Learning & algorithms more ethical

Trialogue is a commons framework for ethics, data analysis and supervision in statistical modeling, built on IOTA. Ideally it will become a standard like
ISO 9001 for quality management or ISO 27001 for infosec.

There is no moral standard for algorithms.
Trialogue lets data scientists find and set such norms in conjunction with clients. Afterwards it helps with auditing if models are built to specification.

A key feature is that the framework itself doesn’t define moral behavior or good data hygiene itself, but instead lets users determine what is best – in an auditable way.

Trialogue is intended to aid data scientists in their communication with clients when discussing quality standards for algorithms, Machine Learning and AI’s. 

By using open standards for ethics, data analysis and operational supervision – which will have to be established – you don’t need to know how a model exactly works to corroborate an opinion on the result. 

A simplified interface for the framework’s choices. A plug-in in the statistics program could permanently log code changes and comments via the IOTA-network.
Download the PDF: Trialogue proposal

Update: EU ethics-guidelines

On 18 December the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence released the first draft of its ethics guidelines for the development and use of artificial intelligence.

At first we were taken aback by the distinct similarities between our framework and the guidelines from the EU. On further inspection however it seems that these guidelines are a godsend, because they perfectly complement the proposed Trialogue framework, and fill in some of the open points already.

We’re going to study the guidelines in detail after the holidays, and see if we can come up with a plan to help implementation.

If you think you can help us achieve implementation of Trialogue, please reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you.

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Bas van Sambeek

Communications strategist, specialized in the positioning of high tech products. I help innovative start-ups and fast growing companies in high tech industries clarify their story through positioning and storytelling.

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