Building an Ethical AI Future: Insights from Ignite Labs x BridgeAI

How to create a better future for all. Discover the key takeaways from the panel webinar on inclusive AI and the AI trust factor, as part of the Ignite Labs x BridgeAI event series held in May 2023.

Posted on: 19/06/2023


In this blog post, we’ll dive into the key takeaways from the recent panel webinar on inclusive AI and the AI trust factor, as part of the Ignite Labs x BridgeAI event series held in May 2023.

Designed for organisations at the early stages of their AI innovation journey, this webinar aimed to educate attendees on how to use AI ethically and responsibly. By sharing insights from AI and data experts, we’ll explore the importance of data security, inclusivity, and ethical practices in shaping a better future for all.

Join us as we delve into the highlights of this thought-provoking session.


The Ignite Labs x BridgeAI Event Series

Ignite Labs x BridgeAI is a dynamic event series that embarks on a mission to fuel innovation, foster growth, and drive business transformation through the application of AI. Closely aligned to UK AI strategy, as part of the BridgeAI programme, this series plays a vital role in positioning the UK as a global leader in AI and empowering organisations to adopt AI ethically.

Tailored for industries such as agriculture, construction, creative industries, and transport, Ignite Labs x BridgeAI is a comprehensive six-week programme where a cohort of 50 innovators gained access to invaluable knowledge, resources, and expert guidance to navigate the world of AI and determine how and when to implement it in their businesses.


Unlocking the Power of Ethical AI

In the panel webinar, our esteemed experts shed light on the critical aspects of ethical AI. The session emphasised the significance of ensuring data security, inclusivity, and ethical practices throughout the AI implementation process.

By sharing their insights and experiences, the panellists provided valuable guidance on navigating the complexities of AI and fostering a more equitable future.


Introducing the Panel Experts

  • Fatima Garcia: Data Scientist at DataCity

Fatima’s expertise in human rights and data science provides a unique perspective on the ethical implications of using large datasets. With a focus on sourcing data responsibly and considering the impact on marginalised groups, Fatima emphasises the need for inclusive representation in AI-generated data.

  • Sherin Mathew: CEO of AI Tech UK and Founder of Smart Ethics

Sherin’s mission to make ethics accessible to all drives his work in building an ethical culture. By fostering collaboration and providing practical frameworks, Sherin aims to enable businesses to integrate ethics into their AI practices, leading to cost savings, time efficiency, and enhanced user trust.

Chris specialises in solving computer security and privacy challenges through autonomous decision-making. By leveraging deep reinforcement learning, Chris aims to revolutionise the field of computer security while aligning research with societal and economic impact.

  • Toby Lewis: Global Head of Threat Analysis at Darktrace

Toby’s extensive experience in cybersecurity and AI lends him unique insights into the benefits and risks associated with AI adoption. With a focus on augmenting human analysts and ensuring transparency, Toby emphasises the importance of leveraging AI responsibly to enhance security. 


Key Highlights from the Panel Discussion

During the Q&A session, the panellists addressed crucial questions surrounding ethical AI practices. Here are some key takeaways:


  1. Ethical Implications of AI-Generated Data: Fatima highlighted the advantages and limitations of using AI-generated data. Advantages included being able to receive data sets that have not been available before, for instance, it was not possible to get data on all the companies currently using AI, but now that is possible. Limitations included the important fact that data is never perfect and as AI-generated data is on a much larger scale, it can be difficult to interpret. Ethically, if we are using AI to mine data from text, we are likely to leave some blind spots as well. She stressed the importance of maintaining a human element in the data interpretation process to avoid biased outcomes and ensure inclusive representation.
  2. Embedding Data Security and Ethics for Start-ups: Sherin emphasised the importance of embedding data security and ethics from the early stages of AI implementation. Start-ups should prioritise building a strong foundation of ethical practices, ensuring transparency in data collection and usage, and fostering a culture of responsible AI throughout their organisations. This approach not only safeguards user trust but also mitigates potential risks and legal challenges in the future.
  3. The Role of Regulation and Governance: Chris pointed out the need for robust regulations and governance frameworks to guide AI development and deployment. Ethical AI requires a multidisciplinary approach involving policymakers, industry experts, and the public. Establishing clear guidelines and standards helps ensure accountability and fairness while addressing ethical concerns related to bias, privacy, and algorithmic transparency.
  4. Addressing Bias and Promoting Inclusivity: The panellists stressed the significance of addressing bias in AI algorithms and datasets. Toby talked about the need for diverse and representative teams working on AI development to avoid perpetuating existing biases. Fatima advocated for continuous monitoring and evaluation of AI systems to identify and rectify biases, ensuring inclusivity and fairness in AI outcomes.
  5. Building Trust and Transparency: Establishing trust between AI systems and users is crucial. Sherin underlined the role of explainability and interpretability in AI models to increase transparency. Users should have a clear understanding of how AI-driven decisions are made, enabling them to trust and confidently interact with AI-powered solutions.
  6. Educating and Empowering Users: The panellists discussed the importance of user education to promote responsible AI use. Toby spoke of the need to educate users about the capabilities and limitations of AI systems, enabling them to make informed decisions. Providing accessible and user-friendly explanations of AI processes and outcomes can empower users to engage with AI technologies responsibly.



The Inclusive AI and AI Trust Factor webinar shed light on the importance of ethical AI practices in building a better future. The panellists stressed the need for data security, inclusivity, and ethical considerations throughout the AI development and deployment journey.

By addressing bias, promoting transparency, and fostering user trust, businesses can harness the transformative power of AI while mitigating potential risks.

As the Ignite Labs x BridgeAI event series continues to empower organisations with AI knowledge and resources, the focus remains on driving innovation and growth while upholding ethical standards.

By working collaboratively and embracing responsible AI practices, businesses can pave the way for an inclusive and ethical AI future.

If you want to gain more insight, we encourage you to watch the full webinar recording. Dive deeper into the discussions and gain valuable knowledge from the panel experts.

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If you have any questions or need support in your AI journey, check out the BridgeAI support offerings and feel free to reach out to the BridgeAI team. Our dedicated team are here to assist you and provide the necessary guidance.

Stay tuned for more insights and updates for future Ignite Labs x BridgeAI series as we continue to explore the cutting-edge advancements and ethical dimensions of AI.


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