Google and other tech giants grapple with the ethical concerns raised by the AI boom

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Companies in the vanguard of developing and deploying machine learning and AI are now starting to talk openly about ethical challenges raised by their increasingly smart creations. "We're here at an inflection point for AI," said Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research, at MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference this week. Maya Gupta, a researcher at Google, called for the industry to work harder on developing processes to ensure data used to train algorithms isn't skewed. In the past year, many efforts to research the ethical challenges of machine learning and AI have sprung up in academia and industry.