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Katja RAUSCH - Founder House of Ethics

Born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, lived and worked in Paris, New York, New Orleans. Speaks English, French, German, Italian and Luxembourgish.

Fields of Expertise : AI Ethics, Data Ethics, Robo Ethics.

Lecturer Information Systems - Sorbonne University -

For over 12 years, Katja Rausch has been teaching Information Systems and Business Linguistics at the Sorbonne Management School (Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne). As lecturer at the Master in Logistics, Marketing & Distribution, Katja has been directing over a hundred final papers spanning from “Planned Obsolescence as Driver for Innovation?” or “Wearables : all for Data.” to “Supply Chain and Data Governance” and “Are New North-East Shipping Routes in Logistics more Sustainable?”. She has also been serving on numerous academic juries in mandatory selection processes for the Master’s programs at the Sorbonne.

 

Lecturer in Data Ethics - Paris School of Business -

In 2016, Katja started one of the first Data Ethics classes in France, at the Paris School of Business. In her Data Ethics classes (Master level) she was focusing on traditional Western ethics and modern information theories, computer ethics, data science and data analytics. Privacy and data protection were a central part of her teaching.

Her classes were known for her alternative teaching methods and the then famous rhetorical battles on ethical dilemmas in artificial intelligence, robotics and human-machine interfacing.

Technical knowledge (Big Data, Deep Learning, Algorithms, Black Boxes, Datacenters, Datamining…) was combined with social, human, and philosophical imperatives. 

IT & Strategy Consultant in New York, Paris and Luxembourg

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Before and while being a lecturer, Katja had started her career in the private sector as a tech consultant. She had been working as database manager for Booz Allen & Hamilton (BA&H) in New York for six years. There she institutionalized the first ever centralized in-house database. Katja was also BA&H’s European Liaison on international marketing missions and author for the annual Review. 

After New York, she returned to Paris to become the director of strategy for an IT company where she advised clients like Cartier, Intermarché, Lafuma, Nestlé France on digital transformation and CMS tools. Specialized in CRM and Data Management, Katja advised numerous start-ups in their first steps. She had been coaching CEOs and C-level executives on business performance and business ethics.

The House of Ethics

In 2020, Katja founded the House of Ethics – www.houseofethics.lu – a cross-industry and multi-cultural research and information hub on ethics.  In-depth articles on contemporary ethical issues by international executives, academics, researchers and entrepreneurs, and interviews are being shared with an ever-growing international community.

The idea of the House of Ethics naturally evolved with a career and network of more than 25 years in new technologies (Paris, New York, Luxembourg). Sharing valuable practical knowledge on ethics in a non-academic style seemed to be a welcomed challenge to raise the needed awareness on data ethics and societal ethical issues. Be it in regards to technology, arts, medicine, business, finance or ecology. 

Katja is the host of the House of Ethics YT TALKS – a series of interviews with thought-leaders from around the world.

Besides being an information hub, the House of Ethics is also a booking platform for speakers and a consultancy on digital ethics. The House of Ethics acts as a financially independent and apolitical entity. 

Alma Mater - Sorbonne Paris

Katja is a linguist and specialist of 19th century scientific literature. Her final dissertation was on “The Image of the Scientist in the work of Villiers de l’Isle-Adam”, the visionary and surrealist tech poet. It was the first Sorbonne thesis written on Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. Several years later Villiers’ work got published in the Pléiade, one of literature’s most beautiful collections.

Katja also holds a post-graduate diploma in marketing, audio-visual and publishing from the Sorbonne (Final thesis : “The Importance of Industrial Design in Corporate Communications”), and a MBA in leadership from the A.B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans (Final paper : “The Orchestrating Power of Leadership. Looking at Leonard Bernstein.”). In parallel to her MBA, she was a teaching assistant in Communication Techniques at the French Department at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Having always insisted on pursuing two careers – academic and professional – Katja was also committed to helping final students to transition to high-profile entry-level positions. 

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Author of six books

Over the past 18 years, Katja has authored six books with the latest being “Serendipity ou Algorithme” (2019, Karà éditions, in French).

Her first book “Es geht alles vorüber, es geht alles vorbei” (2004, éditions saint-paul, in German) was a collection of a hundred letters by her granduncle Philippe Gonner who, as a forcibly enrolled soldier by the Germans, died at age 21 on the Russian Front in 1944. The book instantly became a national bestseller.

Katja’s latest fields of interest is research on the “Swarm Ethics” phenomenon, intercultural ethics, digital twins, and data privacy within healthcare, especially for elderly and children (sensitive data of sensitive groups).

To nicely round this page up : above all professional standards, Katja appreciates polite, intelligent and fun people.

Katja's Articles 2020-2022

  • Can Data Die? From Cyber Immortality to Digital Spiritism. December 8, 2022Katja Rausch
    Can Data Die? From Cyber Immortality to Digital Spiritism.
    Can Data Die? From Cyber Immortality to Digital Spiritism. “Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.” In “Death, be not Proud”, a poem by British 16th century metaphysical poet John Donne, there is something greater than death.  AI seems to have the answer: Cyber Immortality. Digital Immortality. Virtual Immortality. Commonly, cyber immortality might be defined by ...
  • From ‘Swarm Intelligence’ to ‘Swarm Ethics’ – A New Collective Purpose-Driven Ethics in the Digital Age. September 23, 2022Katja Rausch
    From 'Swarm Intelligence' to 'Swarm Ethics' - A New Collective Purpose-Driven Ethics in the Digital Age.
    The proposed concept of swarm ethics evolves around three pilars : behavior, collectivity and purpose Away from cognitive jugdmental-based ethics to a new form of collective ethics driven by purpose.
  • “Explain Explainability” or why AI Narrative does matter. About words, terms and notions used and misused. June 21, 2022Katja Rausch
    "Explain Explainability" or why AI Narrative does matter. About words, terms and notions used and misused.
    Definitions. Terminologies. Explanation. Words. “Explainability” – please explain! Explainability has become a word à la mode. However it is one of the most confusing, unexplained words in the high tech industry where understanding and transparency are key. In the leatest EU proposal for an AI Regulation Explainability and Interpretability are put forward as a panacea to confusion, mistrust, blurred corporate and ...
  • Saint Nicholas and the AI MYTH : About the Creation of Myths ! December 6, 2021Katja Rausch
    Saint Nicholas and the AI MYTH : About the Creation of Myths !
    Saint Nicholas and the AI MYTH : About the Creation of Myths. December 6, Saint Nicholas Day, is the perfect moment to ponder on the essence, the creation and the “sustainability” of myths. What makes a myth? How is a myth created? What are its main characteristics? And paradoxically, why demythifying is part of the development of a ...
  • Serendipity or Algorithm August 24, 2021Katja Rausch
    Serendipity or Algorithm
    Serendipity ou Algorithme QUID SERENDIPITY ? The word Serendipity is attributed to Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1717-1797). Philosopher and writer of Gothic novels including The castle of Otranto, he was also Member of the British Parliament, antiques dealer and salon man. Contemporary to Voltaire, he only mentioned Serendipity once, … in a personal letter. QUID ALGORITHM ? The ...
  • “The Chinese Room” Experiment by John Searle – discussed July 15, 2021Katja Rausch
    "The Chinese Room" Experiment by John Searle - discussed
    “The Chinese Room” by John Searle – No “mind” in a computer !   “Some years ago the philosopher John Searle badly shook the little world of artificial intelligence by claiming and proving (so he said) that there was no such thing, i.e., that machines, at least as currently conceived, cannot be said to be able to think. ...
  • “Machine Intelligence”: What if, in 1955, Minsky, McCarthy, Shannon and Rochester had named “Artificial Intelligence” differently? May 28, 2021Katja Rausch
    "Machine Intelligence": What if, in 1955, Minsky, McCarthy, Shannon and Rochester had named "Artificial Intelligence" differently?
    Language is key. Language makes us communicate. We give meaning to words and words shape our reality. Shape us.  Our reality on Artificial Intelligence is blurred. Our view is foggy. People are confused. Numerous debates evolve around “trust”, “fear”, “confusion”… One basic question should be asked. And if a biased wording is partly the cause of the ...
  • Back to Future #1: Heinz von Foerster (1911-2002) – “Ethics cannot be articulated! Ethics is acted.” May 26, 2021Katja Rausch
    Back to Future #1: Heinz von Foerster (1911-2002) - "Ethics cannot be articulated! Ethics is acted."
    HEINZ VON FOERSTER (1911-2002)     Austrian-American “Weltmensch” Born in the imperial Vienna in 1911, Heinz von Foerster, was throughout his long life blessed with the legendary Viennese flair and humor. He described himself as a “citizen of the world”, a “Weltmensch”.  As a physics student, he belonged to the bohemian intellectual Wiener Kreis (Viennese Circle), a cross-border group of ...
  • Female robots like Sophia, Ai-da, Erica : a dubious kind of Ai PR ! May 3, 2021Katja Rausch
    Female robots like Sophia, Ai-da, Erica : a dubious kind of Ai PR !
    The robots Sophia, Ai-da, Erica and other gynoids Female robots, gynoids, fembots : on a mission to soften the sharp metallic edges University of Oxford, Cambridge 2019. The artist is addressing the crowd while looking at the art work.  “I want people to know that our times are powerful times,” says the artist, slowly, pausing in between the ...
  • The brave new world of Biohacking lite April 18, 2021Katja Rausch
    The brave new world of Biohacking lite
    The brave new world of Biohacking lite Biohacking or DIY biology Maybe you know somebody who has an implanted chip – most cats or dogs do – or you have heard about the former NASA employee Josh Zayner injecting himself with DNA using the gene-editing technology CRISPR. If, so welcome to the world of biohacking or DIY biology. ...
  • The “uncanny valley” in robotics? April 17, 2021Katja Rausch
    The "uncanny valley" in robotics?
    The “uncanny valley” in robotics In 1970, the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori from the Tokyo Institute of Technology coinded the concept of the “uncanny valley”. In robotics, the “uncanny valley” is a hypothesis : “We are initially delighted and intrigued by robots as they become more humanlike. When they become very human-like, our response switches to revulsion.” ...
  • The 3 Laws of Robotics by Asimov April 10, 2021Katja Rausch
    The 3 Laws of Robotics by Asimov
    Isaac Asimov, an American science-fiction author, invented the 3 Laws of Robotics for one of his futuristic short stories from I, Robot (1950). The term “robot” is borrowed from the Czech science-fiction author Havel Čapek.
  • Aristotle – the father of classical ethics February 27, 2021Katja Rausch
    Aristotle - the father of classical ethics
    Aristotle, father of classical Western ethics Aristote and Happiness Born in 384 BC, in Stagira, a son of a family of doctors, Aristotle was the disciple of Plato. He founded his own school, the Lyceum, with special teaching technique, learning whilst walking. Jack-of-all-trades, he is interested in ethics, politics, economics, logic, rhetorics, poetics, cosmology, even the history of ...
  • 5 modern ethical theories February 26, 2021Katja Rausch
    5 modern ethical theories
    5 ethical theories for modern times From Aristote to Floridi Obviously, the first of the 5 ethical theories listed in this article is Aristotle’s virtue ethics. He is the founding father of Western ethics and inspired all of his successors. During the 17th century, Kant’s moral philosophy takes the shape of idealistic deontology. He did not agree ...
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