Tensymp 2020


Greg Adamson, PhD

Associate Professor, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia
Past President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology(SSIT)
2020 Chair, IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee

Short Bio:

Greg is a cyber security consultant specialising in health technologies, and a Fellow in the Australasian Institute of Digital Health. He is a former president of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, and 2020 chair of the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee. He has a strong interest in on-line identity and is chair of Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust and Agency (DIITA). He is on the executive committee of the IEEE Standards Association's Ethically Aligned Design global initiative. He is an Associate Professor (hon) at the University of Melbourne, and is completing a Master of Commercial Law at the Melbourne Law School.


Can we trust "black box" AI technologies to help society?


Artificial intelligence technologies are often incomprehensibly complex, yet highly effective in addressing challenges such as health care. Since the 1940s incomprehensible technology has been described as a "black box". Can we "trust" technologies we don't understand? Various methods have been proposed to explain these technologies, based on viewing what the technology is doing. This presentation will review the black box challenge, and consider the ethical and legal issues surrounding this important aspect of AI technology.