Summit Panelist Spotlight: Using AI for the Greater Good

Artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent systems continue to evolve, from projects at a global scale to the most minute applications. As time goes on, questions continue coming up about understanding the development and functioning of different autonomous and intelligent systems. Observers and practitioners alike agree there are long term and immediate ethical issues to consider. 

John C. Havens, Executive Director
IEEE AIS Ethics Initiative

Fortunately, there’s a community of experts willing to share their knowledge, insights, and personal experiences about AI, autonomous systems, and ethical advancements in technology. John C. Havens being one of them. He’s Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (IEEE AIS Ethics Initiative.) He joins a panel at the True Influence Summit to talk about issues related to AI and B2B.

AI Initiative Goal: Educate and Empower Technologists

The global initiative is open and inclusive, welcoming individuals and representatives of different organizations dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The IEEE AIS Ethics Initiative delivers impact in a multitude of ways. One goal is that every technologist is thoroughly educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical considerations in AIS design and development. 

As Executive Director, John has responsibility for creating and driving the strategic vision, working in conjunction with IEEE SA leadership and executive committee. The organization has different deliverables for the initiative, for example, a document focused on ethically aligned AI. An end result of the document is recommendations for standards designed to help technologists use ethical methodologies that increase innovation, along with the well-being of humans.

He’s described one of his major goals in this way: “As a writer, speaker, activist, and consultant focusing on the intersection of technology and culture, I’m trying to help people increase their well-being by taking a measure of their lives.” 

Some Other Sides of John C. Havens

In addition to serving the IEEE AIS Ethics Initiative, John is also an avid writer, author, actor, entrepreneur, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and Technology. His work has appeared in Mashable and The Guardian, and he’s published two books: Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World

His career has taken him down some interesting paths, including into the areas of social media and business development. For two years, he served as EVP of social media for public relations icon, Porter Novelli, where he provided senior strategic and digital counsel to clients like P&G and HP. For about two years, John served as the vice president of business development for a talk radio company known as Blog Talk Radio in which he helped create and develop branded networks and white-label technology.
To learn more about John Havens as an AI leader and as a creative individual, register for the True Influence April Summit today.

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