“Engineers should learn more about liberal arts and art students should learn more about artificial intelligence to inculcate human values in technology and use AI to a better extent”, said Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, the keynote speaker of the Ethical Data Leadership Conclave organised by Goa Institute Of Management as a part of the series of events organised to celebrate the 25th year in management education.
The event commenced with an address by Director of GIM, Dr. Ajit Parulekar who welcomed the guests and enlightened them about the recently initiated Big Data Analytics Management Programme. He said that Data Analytics could well be the future in a life transforming way, so keeping that in mind the intake of students for this course would be increased in the upcoming batches to facilitate further growth in the technology sector. He said ” This data conclave furthers GIM’s objective of being a management thought-promoter and providing a platform for cutting edge discussions in emerging business domains such as Big Data Analytics.”
Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Former Chairman of Microsoft India, addressed the crowd with much enthusiasm speaking about his fascination with science fiction and how it’s all turning into reality, also highlighting how writers right from Aldous Huxley in the sixties to Harari today have brought into focus the ethical dimensions that these revolutions will or are throwing up. He said “With introduction of artificial intelligence the labour productivity would see an eventual hike but along with that the intelligence and education standards of the workplace would rise too”. He also spoke on the efficient use of AI and safety measures that has to be ensured to keep the technology in check.
This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Nitin Upadhyay, core member of the Big Data Analytic programme at Goa Institute of Management which included addresses by the various other speakers invited at the conclave.
Dr Avik Sarkar, Officer on Special Duty at NITI Aayog used the platform to speak about how aspiring states are developing their analytics system and are climbing ranks in the analytics agenda of the government. He described fairness, accountability and transparency as the core values of artificial intelligence as recognized by the NITI Aayog.
Mr. Narasimha Murthy, Vice President of Technology and the Data Security function at Cartesian, coined the acronym CIA for describing data which stood for confidentiality, integrity and availability. He emphasized on the security aspect of data and the requirement of a rigid legal framework to ensure that data is made available to trustworthy people and a stage is reached where everything is secure.
The next speaker, Dr. Rahul De’ is the Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor in ICT for Sustainable Economic Development at IIM Bangalore. He discussed the impact of cloud services on data analytics and how crowdsourcing of massive amounts of data, sharing and backing up of this data was made easier using cloud connectivity.
The final speaker for the event, Mr. Anoop Nambiar is a Partner with Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India LLP spoke about how data is the new oil and how it’s requirement for modern day businesses are exponentially increasing. He recounted the problems related to AI like natural bias against particular things which come into play while decision making and other ethics related issues and how they could be solved gradually over time.
Dr. Upadhyay as well as the guests and volunteers present in the premises then raised several questions on various facets involved with data analytics which were answered by the speakers with much eagerness.
Prof Neeraj Amarnani, Faculty in Finance area at Goa Institute Of Management delivered the Vote of Thanks and appreciated the guests for attending the conclave and facilitating an insightful discussion on ethics and leadership with relation to data analytics.