The Modern Trolley Problem - Responsible AI Principles

Room 6
13:40 - 14:40

Talk (60 min)

We live in an age where self-driving cars are no-longer just an interesting philosophical thought experiment, but a reality. When things go wrong, there is an immediate and heated debate around where the blame lies (Programmer, Manufacturer, Owner, Driver), but the more interesting discussion always starts further back than that, before the car is even built. How is the algorithm to be coded? What are the rules that govern the decision making processes of the car. Are those hard-coded or is a machine learning as it drives, taking into account the behaviour of other road users etc?
Machine Learning

Object recognition and obstacle avoidance are easy things to integrate these days - I'll demo how easy it is to train a Model to recognise and avoid objects, and we'll see how to deploy that model to an Azure Percept device. The tech is the easy part though...

This is a session about Responsible AI Principles, about Thinking before we Build and being intentional and transparent in what we code (and playing with robot cars and LEGO men)

Michelle Sandford

I live at the heart of the coding community and help drive awareness and engagement as a developer advocate and technology evangelist. I present at around 50 Conferences and Events around the world each year on AI, Azure, GitHub, Open Source, GameDev and LinkedIn (Including NDC Oslo, London, Copenhagen, Porto, Melbourne; Techorama BE & NL; DDDPerth; GCAP; Google Dev Fest, MS TechReady, MS GeekReady, MS Ignite etc). I judge hackathons and encourage the next generation into technology careers. In 2023 I became the host of the Microsoft ANZ web show - New Breakpoint, which is a show for developers by developers. I am also a co-organiser for the Rust Perth Community Group. I was the #1 Microsoft Social Seller (highest engagement) on LinkedIn for several years and remain #1 SSI rank in team, top 1% in industry and top 1% in network. I run the Microsoft Student Accelerator Program for ANZ encouraging emerging developers to build on Azure.