Exceptional individuals are essential in the intricate world of Artificial Intelligence to unravel the complexities at the intersection of technology and society. Badr Boussabat is one such extraordinary figure.

With his multidisciplinary background and recognition as a leading AI specialist in France and Belgium, Badr has significantly contributed to the discourse on AI through his books, speaking engagements, and leadership roles. His efforts in promoting inclusive AI highlight his commitment to ensuring that AI serves the broader interests of society.

Badr Boussabat

“To ensure equitable distribution of AI’s benefits, we must democratize access to AI technology and education.”

“To ensure equitable distribution of AI’s benefits, we must democratize access to AI technology and education.”

As the author of ‘L’intelligence artificielle: notre meilleur espoir,’ he delves into AI’s tremendous potential. His remarkable blend of skills as an AI specialist, author, and international speaker, along with his influential work in AI and fairness in finance and his leadership at AI TOGETHER, positions him as a key architect in the AI landscape, committed to leveraging technology for societal benefit.

In our interview with Badr, we explore his insights on AI’s transformative potential, the ethical considerations crucial to its development, and his vision for an inclusive AI future. Through this dialogue, we uncover how Badr’s work is shaping the trajectory of AI, focusing on making it a tool for societal betterment and equitable progress.

Q & A

Q. In your book “L’intelligence artificielle: notre meilleur espoir,” you discuss the tremendous potential of AI. Could you elaborate on why you consider it our ‘best hope’?

A. In “L’intelligence artificielle: notre meilleur espoir,” I argue that AI is our best hope due to its transformative potential in solving complex global challenges. AI’s ability to analyze vast data sets and identify patterns can lead to breakthroughs in finance, healthcare, environmental protection, and more. This technology, if harnessed responsibly, could significantly advance human progress.

Q. What led you to write your second book, “L’intelligence artificielle dans le monde d’aujourd’hui,” and how does it build upon your first?

A. “L’intelligence artificielle dans le monde d’aujourd’hui” was inspired by the need to bridge the gap between AI’s potential and the need of updating the economic system. It builds on my first book by providing reasoning experiences of AI in action today’s economy. The book aims to demystify AI, making it more accessible to a broader audience.

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Q. As the founder of AI TOGETHER, what motivated you to focus on promoting inclusive use of AI? How do you see this shaping the future of the field?

A. AI TOGETHER was founded to promote the inclusive use of AI, ensuring it benefits all sections of society. This focus stems from a belief that diverse perspectives in AI development lead to more innovative and equitable solutions. Our mission is shaping a future where AI is a tool for empowerment, not just for a select few, but for everyone. I am today a Researcher on AI and fairness because this concept goes beyond protecting. It also offers opportunities.

Q. What objectives do you hope to achieve through the organization?

A. AI TOGETHER aims to foster an inclusive AI ecosystem, promoting diversity in AI development and application. We strive to educate and collaborate with various communities to understand and integrate their unique needs into AI solutions. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that AI’s benefits are universally accessible, driving positive societal impact.

Q. As AI continues to evolve, how can we ensure that its benefits are equitably distributed and not just limited to those who have the resources to access and control it?

A. To ensure equitable distribution of AI’s benefits, we must democratize access to AI technology and education. Policymakers and industry leaders should collaborate to create frameworks that make AI resources and knowledge widely available. Fostering a culture of open-source AI development can also play a crucial role in this endeavor. This is the cost-based approach. It should be guaranteed by public authorities and be seen as an investment. It is not a debt contraction.

Reveal Quote

“A common misconception about AI is that it’s always fully autonomous or capable of human-like understanding… Educating the public on AI’s limitations and the importance of human oversight is key to addressing these misconceptions.”

Reveal Quote

“Ensuring AI systems respect human rights involves embedding ethical considerations into their design and deployment. Regular audits for bias and impact assessments can help maintain human dignity.”

Q. You have given over 250 conferences to a wide array of institutions, from banks to universities. What has been your most impactful experience or takeaway from these interactions?

A. Speaking at various institutions has highlighted AI’s versatile impact across different sectors. The most impactful experience has been witnessing AI’s potential to revolutionize minds after the ChatGPT release. I saw a new mindset. It said a lot about what we need in order to use AI: concrete and useful applications. These interactions have reinforced the importance of adapting AI ethically to address specific needs across diverse fields.

Q. We have a lot of concerns over the ethical implications and potential misuses of AI technology. What potential risks do you see with AI integration in our daily lives and how can they be mitigated?

A. The integration of AI into daily life raises concerns around privacy, bias, and loss of human jobs. To mitigate these risks, we need robust ethical guidelines and ongoing monitoring of AI systems. Education and awareness about responsible AI usage are essential to ensure its benefits outweigh potential harms. This is on us.

Q. How do you think the regulation of AI technology should be approached, especially considering its fast-paced development?

A. Regulating AI should involve a balance between fostering innovation and safeguarding public interests. I do not think that we should start regulating out of principles. We need to list the apps and legislate out of what the later cause in terms of economic and social consequences. Ethics should be strongly linked to economics as business is leading the world. Multi-stakeholder engagement is crucial to develop regulations that are adaptable and relevant to the fast-evolving nature of AI. It’s important to establish international standards and frameworks for ethical AI development and use.

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Q. How can we balance the need for AI innovation with the protection of privacy and personal data?

A. Balancing AI innovation with data privacy requires clear regulations on data usage and consent. Companies should be transparent about how AI systems use personal data. Moreover, incorporating privacy-by-design principles in AI development can ensure that privacy and innovation go hand in hand.

Q. Looking at the larger picture, how do you see AI influencing global issues such as climate change, poverty, and health crises?

A. AI has the potential to address global issues like climate change by optimizing resource use and predicting environmental changes. In healthcare, AI can improve diagnostics and treatment plans, tackling health crises more effectively. For poverty reduction, AI can aid in efficient allocation of resources and identifying areas needing urgent attention.

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AI’s Frontier: Navigating Ethics, Public Engagement, and Future Innovations

Q. Could you discuss some strategies to make AI more transparent and understandable for the general public?

A. Making AI transparent involves simplifying its processes and decisions for non-expert understanding. It also means that we have to engage everyone. AI is a systemic tool. It will have an impact in all sectors simultaneously so any action should be multidisciplinary. Public education campaigns, open dialogues, and user-friendly AI interfaces can enhance transparency. It’s also crucial to involve diverse groups in AI development to ensure it’s understandable and relevant to various users.

Q. As an AI Speaker, you have seen a lot of reactions to AI. What are some misconceptions about AI that you often encounter?

A. A common misconception about AI is that it’s always fully autonomous or capable of human-like understanding. Many also believe AI is infallible, not recognizing its potential biases. Educating the public on AI’s limitations and the importance of human oversight is key to addressing these misconceptions.

Q. How can we ensure AI systems respect human rights and promote dignity?

A. Ensuring AI systems respect human rights involves embedding ethical considerations into their design and deployment. Regular audits for bias and impact assessments can help maintain human dignity. THis is part of my work as I am developing a model to evaluate fairness in the financial industry. Additionally, creating AI with human-centric values and involving diverse perspectives can promote ethical AI development.

Q. Based on your experience as a speaker and author, how can we best educate the public and alleviate fears about AI?

A. Interactive workshops, accessible resources, and community discussions can alleviate fears. Highlighting positive AI use cases and involving the public in AI policy discussions can also build trust and understanding.

Q. Can you talk about any current AI technologies or applications that you find particularly promising or groundbreaking?

A. Currently, AI in healthcare, particularly in early disease detection and personalized treatment plans, is groundbreaking. AI applications in environmental conservation, like wildlife monitoring and climate modeling, are also showing great promise. These technologies showcase AI’s potential to significantly improve our quality of life.

Q. In the scope of artificial intelligence, what future developments are you most excited about?

A. I am most excited about the future developments of AI in augmenting human capabilities and decision-making. Breakthroughs in AI-powered personalized education and sustainable environmental management are particularly intriguing. The evolution of AI ethics and governance to ensure responsible progress also holds great promise.

About The Author

Branislava Lovre

Branislava is a Media Expert, Journalist, and AI Ethicist who leverages her expansive knowledge and experience across various media outlets and digital landscapes.

Branislava Lovre

Branislava is a Media Expert, Journalist, and AI Ethicist who leverages her expansive knowledge and experience across various media outlets and digital landscapes.