BCG Henderson Institute

The Ethical Algorithm with Michael Kearns

Why do we need ethical and fair algorithms? A thought-provoking conversation with Michael Kearns of the University of Pennsylvania on the pervasiveness of algorithms, differential privacy, and the importance of socially aware algorithm design.

Michael Kearns is Professor and the National Center Chair in the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has secondary appointments in Economics and the Wharton School. He has published widely in machine learning, artificial intelligence, algorithmic game theory, and quantitative finance.

His latest book, The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design, co-authored with University of Pennsylvania colleague Aaron Roth, explores the interplay between societal values and the expanding role of algorithms in our everyday lives. In a discussion with Martin Reeves, Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, Professor Kearns discusses how algorithms work, where and why they fall short, design choices to consider to overcome these challenges, accountability, and why algorithms should be on the CEOs’ agenda.

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