Human-centric applications of digital systems, especially artificial intelligence (AI), have great potential - also for discrimination: Conscious and unconscious distortions can be created in the rules that are given to the algorithm or in the data that is used (garbage in - garbage out). In order to avoid such distortions and the associated potential for discrimination, it is important to accompany and control the data input and the design process of applications of digital systems. This can only succeed effectively if different perspectives are considered and people from diverse backgrounds are actively involved in the design process and are heard. This is where the "KIDD - Artificial Intelligence in the Service of Diversity" project, funded by the BMAS under the umbrella of the New Quality of Work Initiative (INQA), comes into play. In four pilot projects, the so-called experimental rooms, a participatory process for the introduction of AI systems and other software applications is being developed and tested, taking ethical aspects and diversity into account.
The aim is to develop a standardized process and criteria that make it possible to ensure fair, transparent and understandable human-centric applications of digital systems, especially AI, for the operational context. The development of the quality criteria and the standardized KIDD process takes place in practice at four of the companies involved in the consortium. The focus is on a panel of diversity, which represents the company's workforce as diverse as possible. Together with software and IT developers, the Diversity Panel provides advice and plays a key role in the acquisition, modeling and introduction of a human-centric IT application/AI.
The partners contribute their expertise from different economic topics related to the use of human-centric applications of digital systems: from the onboarding of new employees to sales intelligence on customers, to the evaluation of cleaning services and the use of AI in HR management. The partners cover business forms from SMEs to internationally active large corporations.
With the involvement of the panel of diversity from employees and experts, a co-creative process will be tested in each of the experimental rooms when introducing a digital system. Based on the experience gained, a standardized "KIDD process" and quality criteria are created that can be used in other operational contexts and issues relating to digital systems. The accompanying derivation of a quality assurance procedure ensures sustainable process reliability.
The TU Berlin, as a partner in the project consortium, is responsible for a work package for the accompanying scientific research and the coordination of the external evaluation of KIDD and also contributes competencies with regard to the planned EU regulation on trustworthy AI.
Dr. Marco Wedel
Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (Initiative New Quality of Work: INQA)
Project duration: September 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2023
The KIDD consortium brings together 8 companies and partner organizations that will implement the research project over a three-year research period until October 2023.
The coordination lies with the Berlin nexus Institut for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research, which is specialized in cooperation. The non-profit association female.vision e.V. contributes the relevant aspects of ethics and diversity and is responsible for the areas of communication and sustainability. The TU Berlin is responsible for the scientific evaluation of the BMAS research project.
Q_PERIOR AG is an international management consultancy at the interface of IT and business based in Munich.
The Bavarian msg systems AG is a leading German IT service provider that uses AI for its data analytics, among other things.
Munich-based CHEMISTREE GmbH, which specializes in algorithm-based, scientifically sound, preference-based and needs-specific digital matching (e.g. the formation of tandems within a company) in the business environment.
Wehrheim-based Heraeus Medical GmbH as part of a global leader technology group and one of the largest German family companies.
The epsum GmbH from Hamburg as a company that digitally optimizes building cleaning.