Social & Ethical Issues


Opinion Artificial intelligence isn't a threat to humanity

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There are multiple factors supporting the claim that AI is in fact not a threat to humankind, but rather an advantage. One factor is that humans thrives off of social interaction and human communication, which robots evidently can't provide. While online chatbots are a useful and efficient form of artificial intelligence, robots lack the necessary emotional connection to humans. In addition, while AI can replace certain human occupations, it also has the potential to increase job opportunities for people in the technology field. Lastly, as seen at Walmart, AI can improve the efficiency of employees without necessarily replacing them.


AI Ethics Guidelines Every CIO Should Read - InformationWeek

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Technology experts predict the rate of adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning will skyrocket in the next two years. These advanced technologies will spark unprecedented business gains, but along the way enterprise leaders will be called to quickly grapple with a smorgasbord of new ethical dilemmas. These include everything from AI algorithmic bias and data privacy issues to public safety concerns from autonomous machines running on AI. Because AI technology and use cases are changing so rapidly, chief information officers and other executives are going to find it difficult to keep ahead of these ethical concerns without a roadmap. To guide both deep thinking and rapid decision-making about emerging AI technologies, organizations should consider developing an internal AI ethics framework.


Trust, Explainable AI, and Looming Profit Opportunities

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming big business, with all kinds of fascinating opportunities. Growth has been extraordinary: in 2015, global AI revenues were $126 billion, and last year revenues were $482 billion. The prediction for 2024 is that revenues will top $3.061 trillion. Advances in AI are making it possible for computers to take on more tasks that were formally done by humans. While this trend is creating greater efficiencies, it is also increasing the degree to which people feel that they are talking to a wall.


Meet the Researchers Working to Make Sure Artificial Intelligence Is a Force for Good

TIME - Tech

With glass interior walls, exposed plumbing and a staff of young researchers dressed like Urban Outfitters models, New York University's AI Now Institute could easily be mistaken for the offices of any one of New York's innumerable tech startups. For many of those small companies (and quite a few larger ones) the objective is straightforward: leverage new advances in computing, especially artificial intelligence (AI), to disrupt industries from social networking to medical research. But for Meredith Whittaker and Kate Crawford, who co-founded AI Now together in 2017, it's that disruption itself that's under scrutiny. They are two of many experts who are working to ensure that, as corporations, entrepreneurs and governments roll out new AI applications, they do so in a way that's ethically sound. "These tools are now impacting so many parts of our everyday life, from healthcare to criminal justice to education to hiring, and it's happening simultaneously," says Crawford.


International AI ethics panel must be independent

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Facial-recognition software is increasingly being used to track individuals without their permission.Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty China wants to be the world's leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. The United States has a strategic plan to retain the top spot, and, by some measures, already leads in influential papers, hardware and AI talent. Other wealthy nations are also jockeying for a place in the world AI league. A kind of AI arms race is under way, and governments and corporations are pouring eye-watering sums into research and development. The prize, and it's a big one, is that AI is forecast to add around US$15 trillion to the world economy by 2030 -- more than four times the 2017 gross domestic product of Germany.


Amazon and Microsoft are putting world at risk with killer AI, study says

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons. Dutch NGO Pax ranked 50 companies by three criteria: whether they were developing technology that could be relevant to deadly AI, whether they were working on related military projects, and if they had committed to abstaining from contributing in the future. "Why are companies like Microsoft and Amazon not denying that they're currently developing these highly controversial weapons, which could decide to kill people without direct human involvement?" The use of AI to allow weapon systems to autonomously select and attack targets has sparked ethical debates in recent years, with critics warning they would jeopardize international security and herald a third revolution in warfare after gunpowder and the atomic bomb. A panel of government experts debated policy options regarding lethal autonomous weapons at a meeting of the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva on Wednesday.


Beyond the Hype: The EU and the AI Global 'Arms Race'

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We live in times of high-tech euphoria marked by instances of geopolitical doom-and-gloom. There seems to be no middle ground between the hype surrounding cutting-edge technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their impact on security and defence, and anxieties over their potential destructive consequences. AI, arguably one of the most important and divisive inventions in human history, is now being glorified as the strategic enabler of the 21st century and next domain of military disruption and geopolitical competition. The race in technological innovation, justified by significant economic and security benefits, is widely recognised as likely to make early adopters the next global leaders. Technological innovation and defence technologies have always occupied central positions in national defence strategies.


TTT Studios An open conversation about AI ethics

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Increased deployment of Artificial Intelligence around the world has torn open a very public and heated debate. While AI is being used to do things like sentence criminals, determine who should be hired and fired, and assess what loan rate you should be offered, it's also being leveraged to protect against poaching, detect illnesses sooner and more accurately, and shed new insights into fighting climate change. As we continue to develop AmandaAI here at TTT, we increasingly involve ourselves in the field. And as the technology continues to advance, we will continue to take on more and more clients who want to incorporate AI into their software. Since we're helping to create an AI-enabled future, we have a responsibility to explore what exactly that means.


Automatic for the people? Experts predict how AI will transform the workplace Smarter working

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"There are going to be errors, whether it's humans or robots. It's more about where do you want those errors to occur," Harvey said. This means it may make more sense to focus on internal processes where mistakes are unlikely to cause significant problems. But when they could affect clients or have a regulatory impact, "that's probably not where I would want to have AI. I would want to seriously look deep into what the potential losses are associated with that – not only to clients but to the firm."


S2E3: Artificial Intelligence

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This week Rebecca and Jessie talk about their fear of artificial intelligence, deepfakes, Sophia the Robot and what might happen when machine learning goes too far.