Algorithms influence our daily life in secret. They determine what we get displayed in social media, companies use them to examine applicants, banks, whether someone is creditworthy or not. But what are the consequences of machines judging people?
With its „Ethics of Algorithms“ project, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is taking a close look at the consequences of algorithmic decision-making in society with the goal of ensuring that these systems are used to serve society. We aim to help inform and advance algorithmic systems that facilitate greater social inclusion. This involves committing to what is best for a society rather than what’s technically possible – so that machine-informed decisions can best serve humankind.
The project focuses on three areas:
1. Awareness-raising: Here, the project aims to inform the public of the opportunities, risks and, above all, the relevance of algorithmic processes. This kind of awareness is fundamental for building a consensus on social inclusion as an overriding objective and cultivating the willingness to test and scale relevant solutions.
2. Structure the debate: Here, the project will provide input to foster a fact-based, solutions-driven national discussion. What needs to be done and how can these things be achieved? Action-oriented analysis help us structure change.
3. Develop solutions: Here, the project will test promising approaches to be applied at the intersection of technology and society.