As the importance of artificial intelligence grows in the coming years, many experts have been raising red flags after finding that AI bots often quickly learn to be racist. Inbenta founder Jordi Torras says that the problem isn't as simple as weeding out racist programmers. In fact, he says that even a completely unbiased AI can become racist simply through the basic processes of machine learning. "AI can perpetuate and reinforce a bias that already exists," he writes. "For example, if an organization has traditionally hired male CEOs, a bot trained to find future CEOs would look at the past for likely candidates, based upon real data that indicates that previous CEOs were male.
Editor's note: This post was initially published in early 2017. It was updated to in August 2018 to include new information. As Monetate looks ahead, there's one thing that seems to be a recurring topic around the ecommerce industry: Artificial Intelligence (AI). While ecommerce companies have been talking about AI for some time, it seems as if the promise of technology-enabled decision-making is coming to fruition. I recently came across the article "5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Shaping the Future of Ecommerce" on Entrepreneur.com,
As NASA works toward one day sending astronauts to deep space, the agency is studying how the long journeys to planets such as Mars could potentially affect our health and well-being. To that end, the space agency recently completed a 45-day experiment, the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) mission. In it, astronauts didn't actually leave Earth, but simulated what it would be like if they did. It required a four-person crew to deal with a number of detriments to their general alertness. Related: Not Getting Enough Sleep?