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Join this free online course to learn about the importance and principles of ethics in the context of artificial intelligence (AI). Discover how SAP implements AI ethics in the development, deployment, use, and sale of AI systems, and explore the concept of generative AI in a newly added course unit.

March 12, 2024 - April 24, 2024
Language: English

Course information

Course Summary

SAP believes that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to unlock all kinds of opportunities for businesses, governments, and society. However, AI also has the potential to create economic, political, and social challenges. The speed at which the technology has moved into common usage has outpaced the necessary guidance from government policymakers regarding the sustainable and safe development of AI. For these reasons, the development, deployment, use, and sale of AI systems at SAP needs to be governed by a clear, ethical set of rules.

In this course, you’ll learn the importance and principles of AI ethics, how AI ethics is implemented at SAP, and which rules SAP employees need to follow during the development, deployment, use, and sale of AI systems. Furthermore, you’ll explore the concept of generative AI and the specific challenges in its ethical development, deployment, and use.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: March 12, 2024, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 6 weeks
  • Effort: 2-4 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: April 24, 2024, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction to AI at SAP
Unit 2: AI ethics at SAP
Unit 3: The 3 pillars of SAP’s AI ethics policy
Unit 4: Operationalization of the AI ethics policy
Unit 5: Assessing the risk of AI use cases
Unit 6: The ethics of generative AI

Target Audience

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) stakeholders who develop, deploy, use, sell, and interact with AI or are affected by it, both inside and outside of SAP
  • Anyone interested in the topics of AI and machine learning as well as AI ethics and responsible AI

Course Requirements

A basic understanding of AI and machine learning is an advantage.

Further Learning

About Further Content Experts

Saskia Welsch

Saskia Welsch

Saskia Welsch is a working student at AI Workbench. She supports SAP’s trustworthy AI workstream, which is responsible for operationalizing SAP’s AI ethics guiding principles and SAP’s global AI ethics policy.

Saskia is studying for a Master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies at TU Munich, where she is researching the reciprocal relationship between technology and society.

Previous Version of This Course

Previous version of this course is available here:
AI Ethics at SAP (Update Q4/2023) (November 21 through December 20, 2023)

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Dr. Sebastian Wieczorek

Dr. Sebastian Wieczorek is global lead of the AI ethics initiative at SAP, which provides company-wide guidelines on how to apply AI in a human-centric way.

Sebastian is also vice president of AI technology at SAP, and responsible for development teams in Europe and Asia that build AI platform services across all SAP offerings.