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SXSW Recap: “Regulating AI: How to Control the Unexplainable”

Last week, Immuta’s Chief Privacy Officer and Legal Engineer, Andrew Burt, helped kicked off the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference in Austin, TX, by proposing a new regulatory framework for managing AI. The presentation was titled “Regulating AI: How to Control the Unexplainable.”

Drawing on his backgrounds in law and technology, Andrew made the point that any type of broad, sweeping regulation directed at AI — as called for by the likes of Elon Musk — is ultimately going to prove ineffective. Instead, a sector by sector approach is required to produce precise, workable solutions that can keep the technology both effective and controlled.

The talk attracted a crowd of more than 500 highly-engaged attendees, all fascinated in how so-called “black box” technology can and will be controlled in years to come. As evidence of the talk’s popularity, the State Bar of Texas covered the talk, and Andrew conducted several interviews with members of the media. Andrew also had the opportunity to sit down with Tonya Hall of CBS Interactive for a segment on his talk, which appeared on ZDNet.

In addition, Andrew announced preliminary details for a forthcoming white paper, designed to provide practical guidelines to data scientist and lawyers deploying machine learning in sensitive environments.

To listen to Andrew’s full SXSW “Regulating AI: How to Control the Unexplainabletalk, head to SXSW’s page for a recording.