Today on The InfoQ Podcast, Wes talks with Katharine Jarmul about privacy and fairness in machine learning algorithms. Katharine discusses what’s meant by Ethical Machine Learning and some things to consider when working towards achieving fairness. Katharine is the Co-Founder at KIProtect a machine learning security and privacy firm based in Germany and is one of the three keynotes at QCon.ai.

Key Takeaways

  • Ethical machine learning is about practices and strategies for creating more ethical machine learning models. There are many highly publicized/documented examples of machine learning gone awry that show the importance of the need to address ethical machine learning.
  • Some of the first steps to prevent bias in machine learning is awareness. You should take time to identify your team goals and establish fairness criteria that should be revisited over time. This fairness criteria then can be used to establish the minimum fairness criteria allowed in production.
  • Laws like GDPR in the EU and HIPAA in the US provide privacy and security to users and have legal implications if not followed.
  • Adversarial examples (like the DolphinAttack that used subsonic sounds to activate voice assistants) can be used to fool a machine learning model into hearing or seeing something that’s not there. More and more machine learning models are becoming an attack vector for bad actors.
  • Machine learning is always an iterative process.
  • Zero-Knowledge Computing (or Federated Learning) is an example of machine learning at the edge and is designed to respect the privacy of an individual’s information.

Show notes will follow shortly.

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