Fear of the unknown often threatens to stifle innovation. Yet, embracing new technologies and investing in the future will always give those who succeed a competitive edge. Just take the countless organizations that failed to digitize at the dawn of the internet era. No doubt their competitors that took the plunge early made huge strategic gains.
Understandably, the pace at which artificial intelligence (AI) is flourishing has left many in the business community and beyond questioning the safety of a burgeoning technology ecosystem. That’s why it’s so essential to establish frameworks and guidelines for responsible technology development. And that’s precisely what Qlik aims to do with establishing its inaugural AI Council. The company hopes to drive adoption in the enterprise by seeking to develop a framework of ethical AI tools embedded in the Qlik platform.
Who’s Driving the AI Council?
The Council comprises some of the world’s most distinguished AI experts. They are tasked with ensuring that, moving forward, Qlik continues to develop AI products that are both ethical and responsible. The Council will inform the direction of research and development (R&D) and the product roadmap at Qlik, help educate Qlik executives and its wider teams on how to maximize the effectiveness of AI, and demonstrate the key areas in which organizations will invest in AI technologies.
The outcome for customers should be assurance that the data they process and analyze using Qlik’s AI tools is done ethically and responsibly by design. Not only does this ensure that customer data is governed and prepared in a way that harnesses the power of AI tools, but it is governed with the democratic and widespread use of AI applications as guides.
“The formation of Qlik’s AI Council is a strategic leap, reflecting our deep-seated commitment to not just advancing AI, but doing so with ethical integrity and practical applicability,” said Mike Capone, CEO of Qlik. “Our goal is crystal clear: to enable our customers to harness AI in a way that’s not only transformative but also responsible.
“By uniting a cadre of AI luminaries, we are sharpening our focus on delivering AI solutions that are not just cutting-edge, but also seamlessly integrated and governed. This initiative is a pivotal chapter in our journey, marking a bold move towards democratizing AI in a manner that is both accessible and aligned with our core mission of driving substantial, data-driven business outcomes.”
The Qlik AI Council includes:
- Nina Schick, author, advisor, and founder of a generative artificial intelligence advisory firm
- Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, CEO and founder of Humane Intelligence
- Kelly Forbes, co-founder and executive director, AI Asia Pacific Institute
- Dr. Michael Bronstein, DeepMind Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Oxford
With the formation of a dedicated AI Council, Qlik is sending a strong message. Firstly, it demonstrates the company’s commitment to embedding ethical AI into all its AI and machine learning tools and processes. Secondly, it shows how the company is pushing forward with AI as an integral cog in the mechanisms it provides for organizations to achieve data-driven insights that drive innovation.
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While many organizations have promised to build AI with governance and responsibility at the core of their strategy and no doubt will do so, Qlik’s approach is different. With the introduction of a Council made up of members not associated with Qlik, the company is fundamentally relying on the expertise of third parties to drive its ethical development efforts.
This represents Qlik’s understanding of the complexities of responsible AI and the need to find the best minds available to help them achieve it.