Responsible AI Is Not an Option


Artificial intelligence (AI) is today widely used to inform and shape strategies and services across a multitude of industries. But the decisions made by AI algorithms can appear callous and even careless. In his talk “Responsible AI Is Not an Option,” Dr. Scott Zoldi brings to bear his decades of experience in delivering analytic innovation in a highly regulated environment, to underscore the urgency with which the topics of AI fairness and bias must be ushered onto Boards of Directors’ agendas. In his dynamic presentation, Dr. Zoldi spells out the “why” and “how” of fulfilling the social covenant and soon, regulatory requirements of enterprises using AI ethically, transparently, securely and in their customers’ best interests.

Dr. Zoldi will provide prescriptive advice on how to identify key business risks associated with AI and best practices to proactively mitigate them. He approaches the challenge from his dual role as a business leader and a data scientist, presenting the steps to create a culture of AI responsibility and enforce it with Responsible AI governance. These eight fluid steps comprise:

1. Build a diverse team
2. Establish a robust foundation
3. Respect the power of data
4. Ensure explainability
5. Establish Ethical AI guardrails
6. Make AI innovation efficient
7. Establish proper governance
8. Evangelize responsibility

With roots and training as a physicist tempered with operational reality, Dr. Zoldi’s presentation deftly navigates AI’s power to transform the world with the recognition that with great power comes great responsibility. In this way, “Responsible AI Is Not an Option”—it’s a top requirement for all modern businesses.


Scott Zoldi is chief analytics officer at FICO responsible for advancing the company's leadership in artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics in its product and technology solutions. At FICO Scott has authored more than 120 analytic patents, with 71 granted and 49 pending. Scott is actively involved in the development of analytics applications, Responsible AI technologies and AI governance frameworks, the latter including FICO's blockchain-based  [SZ1]  model development governance methodology. Scott is a member of the Board of Advisors of FinRegLab, a Cybersecurity Advisory Board Member of the California Technology Council, and a Board Member of Tech San Diego and the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence. He is also a member of the CNBC Technology Executive Council. Scott received his Ph.D. in theoretical and computational physics from Duke University.

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