Introduction by Nishan Chelvachandran, Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Saidot

In the realm of engineering, the measure of achievement is attainability; can it be done? And how do we do it? From the realm of ethics; we contemplate if we should do it, and perhaps the ever elusive, “why”. The worlds around us are evolving at an exponential rate; the hybridisation of the physical and digital space speaks of interconnectivity; faster, better, more informed.

We implicitly trust our pocket-sized portals to the cyber dimension. We manage our finances, artistically share our meals, socially connect, and even, from time to time, make a phone call. We trust our devices as we do close friends, personal assistants, allies in our war with the wider world. So much so that, perhaps, we assume that all that they show us through their vivid OLED pixels is in fact, the truth.

What if, I was to tell you, that, this might not always be the case. What if, I was to tell you, that in fact your most trusted digital friend was grooming you, or in fact, feeding you a cultivated narrative, telling you what you want to hear, even if you didn’t know it yet. Perhaps, it was decided what you wanted to hear…

But, before we don our suits of sorrow, and mourn the loss of our promised utopian future whilst coming to terms with the pragmatism of our realised dystopian present, allow me to shine a glimmer of hope.

My name is Nishan Chelvachandran. I am a Cybersecurity and intelligence consultant and strategist, with a background in operational Policing and Public Sector, Digital and Intelligence Forensics and Cybersecurity. I am a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). I am also the new Chief Research and Innovation Officer for a Finnish technology start-up, Saidot, leading a team of diverse and talented individuals, daring to promote, what we (and more and more of the sector) believe, should be the adopted and part of a better way of thinking of AI systems.

We work with companies and government agencies, public and private sectors, utilising our bespoke platform to provide a tool set whereby AI and algorithmic processes can be given identities for the purposes of transparency and auditability. However, this is just the start for us. We have some exciting and cutting-edge concepts in the pipeline, and collaborating with standards, regulatory and agency partners from across the globe to develop further intuitive, smart solutions to synergise the realms of regulation, certification, security, ethics and transparency (to name a few).

Part of my role is to compile evidential validation for our conceptual solutions. In this sector, that is both an exciting and awesome responsibility. There is a knowledge gap between what is practiced and what is preached. Documented academic research, whilst out there, is few and far between where we need to be. And so my hope is to pursue academic research through publications and engage with wider research projects and collaborations.

We also have a remarkable font of knowledge within our Saidot operations; and this is something I am to share to the wider sector, not just through our solutions, but through a series of books that myself and external researchers will be authoring, collating, editing and publishing. Utilising the talents of Communications Manager here at Saidot, I hope to be blogging and engaging in wider digital marketing strategies. And both myself and our CEO Meeri Haataja will be making appearances at various events, speaking at conferences, both industry and student-led, and engaging in wider open access forums.

For me, if we are to talk of human centricity in our thinking and design of AI usage and governance, then we need to utilise the strength in this strategy; the human factor.

We have a long way ahead of us, through uncharted waters. But it is my hope that you will join us on this exciting journey, where we can build on and grow from our successes, and learn from our tribulations, for it is by doing this together, that we can shape our world,and the world of our children, for the better.

If you’d like to get in contact with Nishan about events, research or collaboration, you can reach him via email or call him on +358401872446.