Researchers are helping artificial intelligence understand fairness


"What is fair?" feels like a rhetorical question. But for Michigan State University's Pang-Ning Tan, it's a question that demands an answer as artificial intelligence systems play a growing role in deciding who gets proper health care, a bank loan or a job. With funding from Amazon and the National Science Foundation, Tan has been working for the last year to teach artificial intelligence algorithms how to be more fair and recognize when they're being unfair. "We're trying to design AI systems that aren't just for computer science, but also bring value and benefits to society. So I started thinking about what are the areas that are really challenging to society right now," said Tan, a professor in MSU's Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

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