The event showcased learnings and insights from the first two years of the project, and discussed the requirements of trust when the technology and society join their forces.
Once a year we are gathering the ecosystem together to share the learnings and insights connected to the research and innovation tracks of the Trusted Digital Societies program, led by Tietoevry and including more than 100 partner companies and research institutions. The Showcase 2023 event has taken place face-to-face in Keilaniemi, Espoo and brought together a wide range of stakeholders. We are thrilled to share a few insights and takeaways in this summary.
In his opening words Ari Järvelä, Managing Director of Tietoevry Care, emphasized Tietoevry's vision for Trusted Digital Societies programme: to build a sustainable future for societies through open communication and collaboration.
The keynote from Taneli Tikka discussed the growth of AI adoption and the upcoming EU legislation for AI. He mentions some noteworthy new developments in the sphere AI:
The EU’s proposed legislation for the use of AI is problematic. The matrix of industry specific regulation is very complex. It may also cause confusion and increase costs of using AI.
"We risk handing over the advantage to the countries outside of EU who deal with less regulation," warns Tikka.
The panel discussion, hosted by Ksenia Avetisova, Strategy Development lead at Tietoevry, explored topics such as the ethical and responsible use of AI. Trust was identified as a key element in technology development. Trust is also essential for ecosystems to work. Building trust requires openness and transparency, including being open about mistakes and failures.
"The data is almost always bias, but we need to acknowledge it and know how it is bias. And figure out how it can be corrected", explained Riikka Lindroos-Järvitalo about the transparency with data.
For an ecosystem to work, it requires a joint goal and seeing the benefits for all participants. The guests opened their expertise and knowledge about the topics connected to successful collaboration between private and public sector, the speed of adoption of innovative solutions, the possible challenges – and their solutions – of engagements including both SMEs and large companies and public organizations.
Karin Wikman from Business Finland refers to a recent study: "SME's participating in collaborative projects are more successful, turnover vice and profitability vice, than those companies that are funded by other tools."
The panel discussion developed a few points from the keynote speech, mainly motivating the audience to take an active role in shaping the EU regulations, as well as really to consider the responsible and best use of AI to shape up the positive user experience of the new services.
Keith Thomas, from Heartnet, highlighted the role of people developing the technology: "We will need to take control on how the technology is used. Some of the EU directives maybe slow down the progress, but ultimately they should be crafted in a way where less harm could be done."
The panel also discussed how can we ensure inclusiveness when building digital societies. Building accessible technology requires human and technology interaction, and understanding the value for the end users.
“Understanding the value creation dynamics is the key element,“ says Peter Ylén from VTT. “If the people, who are in principle are not so digital-savvy, see something that is really valuable to them, they do all the effort to learn and use the technology.”
The mission of the Trusted Digital Societies programme is to develop affordable, accessible, and trusted digital services for citizens. As the Showcase event and the demos highlight, a lot has already been accomplished, but there are still challenges to be solved and room for more ideas and partners. If you would like to join our ecosystem, don't hesitate to contact us. Visit the programme's website to learn more about the targets and and how to get involved.
We are participating in Business Finland's Slush 2023 side event "6G Bridge – How to Engage with Leading Companies' Ecosystems?". Come to meet us at Happiness Lounge at Slush 2023, on 30 November 2023, at 8:30–11:30AM. Learn more and register.
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