Leaders from Northwestern Mutual’s Data Science Institute see many ways that artificial intelligence could position Milwaukee as a national leader in technology and research. During a roundtable discussion held Thursday, Marquette University president Michael Lovell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chancellor Mark Mone and Don Vu, Northwestern Mutual’s chief data officer, shared how the NMDSI partnership is propelling the region forward and how their respective organizations use AI. Here are some key takeaways from the discussion:

Northwestern Mutual wants to create a center of excellence dedicated to AI
“One of the things we would focus on is the ethics of AI,” said Vu. “This is where I think this partnership, with the unique variety of perspectives that we have in academia as well as in private institutes, gives us a competitive edge to address this critical area.”

Ethics in AI continues to be a central issue for experts in the field
“When I think about data information, there’s a lot of power in that. It’s very important to us as we think about the values of our institutions, that ethics is a huge piece,” said Lovell.

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