Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

February 11, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

AI has spurred anxiety about unemployment, as autonomous systems threaten to replace millions of truck drivers, and make Lyft and Uber obsolete. And beyond these larger social and economic considerations, data scientists have real concerns about bias, about ethical implementations of the technology, and about the nature of interactions between AI systems and humans if these systems are to be deployed properly and fairly in even the most mundane applications.


Mr. Witt received a Masters in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Brunswick in Germany and a Bachelor in Business administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

He worked in senior management positions at IBM, NCR, Datapoint, Microsoft and Intel over the years. His aim was always to use AI algorithm in his projects.

In 2000 he joined a small startup from the Carnegie Melon University to develop a natural language business rule system based on machine learning algorithm. The company was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2008 to be incorporated in the Oracle policy management suite.

In 2012 Mr. Witt joined a small Portland startup, Attensa Corporation, to work on external content processing services. At the core of the system is a natural language engine that allows semantic tagging of content for categorizing, searching, filtering and other advanced AI capabilities. The services are in use at several large pharmaceutical companies (Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi, etc.)

Mr. Witt’s background in AI and the machine learning algorithm has spiked his interest into the self-driving car segment since it touches several core areas that the AI community is trying to resolve – Ethics in AI development, Economic impact through advances in AI development, and control and regulation of those categories.