Social & Ethical Issues


Use AI Ethically To Build Relationships, Not Data Warehouses

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As technology evolves at a rapid rate – especially technology that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities – so too does the potential for bias, disconnect, misuse of data, and the automation of impersonal actions or decisions. With the vast amounts of data collected, stored, and exchanged, capitalist societies risk the commoditization of personal data at the expense of the individual, instead of using personal data to foster valuable individual and societal relationships. In business, AI and machine learning are increasingly used as part of smart systems that analyze large amounts of data to identify trends that will benefit the business, like capturing more consumers and increasing profits, as opposed to building long-lasting relationships. AI shouldn't only be focused on the business' bottom line. In fact, a recent AI and empathy survey by our company of 6,000 consumers from North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Germany, and France found that 69% of consumers think businesses have a moral obligation to do what's right for the consumer, beyond what is legally required.


Full Professor in Public Law and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies are playing an increasingly important role in our society. To this end Leiden University has started a new, university wide initiative to enable collaboration on the use of AI. By building on and expanding the already existing expertise of AI the project intends to advance science and improve the quality of our life. All the disciplines of the University of Leiden are involved: Archeology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Sciences, and also the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), to collaborate and appoint new staff with joint interests. Leiden University has earmarked dedicated funding for the appointment of full professors, assistant professors, a post-doc and support staff to facilitate the expansion of AI related research at all its departments.


The Combination of Humans and Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Security

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Artificial intelligence has transformed pretty much every industry in which it's been embraced, including healthcare, the stock markets, and, increasingly, cybersecurity, where it's being utilized to both enhance human work and strengthen defenses. As a result of recent improvements in machine learning, the dreary work that was once done by people, filtering through apparently unlimited amounts of information searching for threat indicators and anomalies would now be able to be automated. Present day AI's ability to understand threats, risks and relationships enable it to sift through a generous amount of the noise burdening cybersecurity divisions and surface just the pointers destined to be legitimate. Indeed, even as AI innovation changes some aspects of cybersecurity, the crossing point of the two remains significantly human. In spite of the fact that it's maybe unreasonable, humans are upfront in all pieces of the cybersecurity triad: the terrible actors who look to do hurt, the gullible soft targets, and the great on-screen characters who retaliate.


Can you put your trust in AIops?

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AIops (artificial intelligence for IT operations) is one of those cool buzzwords that is actually part of another buzzword: cloudops (cloud operations), which is a part of the mother of all buzzwords: cloud computing. The concept of AIops and the tool category of AIops are really the maturation of operational tools in general. Most of those in the traditional ops tools space, at least in the past few years, bolted an AI engine onto a tool and called it AIops. Some purpose-built AIops tool startups out there are leveraging AI from the jump. All are worth a look as you select AIops tools; however, there are no mainstream brands.


The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Online Coupon Industry

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It seems almost redundant to say this, but coupons are a significant hit among, well, everyone. And while that is common knowledge, there's research to prove that assertion as well. A 2019 report stated that 60 percent of buyers enjoy receiving digital coupons. The same report also claimed that last year more than 30 billion digital vouchers would have been redeemed in 2019 alone. And even though the numbers in regards to that claim are yet to come in, given how much everyone loves coupons, we wouldn't be surprised if the final tally surpasses the expected figure.


Artificial Intelligence And The Law: What You Need To Know - TSG Training

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Artificial intelligence has been growing in popularity in many industries, and with more and more advances in technology, it is becoming increasingly commonplace every single day. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is broadly the concept of machines having the ability to carry out tasks in a smart manner. This has led to further applications such as machine learning, which is the concept that machines can take the relevant data and learn from it. As more and more businesses are beginning to adopt various forms of artificial intelligence, it is essential to be aware of the laws and regulations surrounding these technologies. This article will cover the things you need to know surrounding AI and the law.


University Offers Free Class on Artificial Intelligence Ethics

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The future of artificial intelligence (AI) is here: self-driving cars, grocery-delivering drones and voice assistants like Alexa that control more and more of our lives, from the locks on our front doors to the temperatures of our homes. For example, should an autonomous vehicle swerve into a pedestrian or stay its course when facing a collision? These questions plague technology companies as they develop AI at a clip outpacing government regulation, and have led Seattle University to develop a new ethics course for the public. Launched last week, the free, online course for businesses is the first step in a Microsoft-funded initiative to merge ethics and technology education at the Jesuit university. Seattle U senior business-school instructor Nathan Colaner hopes the new course will become a well-known resource for businesses "as they realize that [AI] is changing things," he said.


New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence Penn State University

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Housed administratively in the College of IST, the Center will bring together researchers from across the University to develop new AI technologies and understand their social and ethical implications. The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence promotes the thoughtful development and application of AI and studies its impact on all areas of human endeavor. In addition to supporting research focused explicitly on AI for social good and mitigating threats from its misuse, through this center, Penn State will encourage that all AI research and development activities consider social and ethical implications as well as intended and possible unintended consequences. "Given the rapid expansion and progression of interdisciplinary research and the wide-ranging impact of artificial intelligence on society, this center will engage and enable Penn State scholars and educators to work together and use AI to address the grand challenges of our time," said Andrew Sears, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), who led the founding of the center. The endeavor will bring together researchers from diverse disciplines across the University, enabling multidisciplinary research and educational programs that will shape the future of AI.


Trustworthy artificial intelligence – is new EU regulation coming for AI?

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Barry O'Sullivan from the Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics writes about the EU's plans for regulating AI – and what opportunities it could hold for Ireland. The new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, committed to introducing a new European regulation for artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe during her first 100 days in office. While a fully fledged regulation is unlikely in that timeframe, we can expect to see a vision for a new regulatory framework for AI in Europe very soon, possibly this month. What can we expect from such a regulation and what should AI developers and businesses be doing to prepare for it? The EU is positioning itself as a leader in trustworthy, human-centric artificial intelligence.


KPMG: 89% of healthcare execs say AI already is creating efficiencies in their health systems

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Artificial intelligence already is having a significant impact on healthcare, and that impact – both good, in terms of patient care and operational efficiencies, and bad, as some believe it is contributing to higher healthcare costs – is only just beginning. Those were among the findings in research and consulting giant KPMG's new study, "Living in an AI World: Achievements and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence Across Five Industries." The report looks at how 751 insiders representing five industries – including healthcare – view the future of AI in their sectors, and the steps they are taking to maximize its benefits and mitigate its challenges. In healthcare, while 53% of respondents say the industry is ahead of most others in AI adoption, they nevertheless believe it needs to happen much faster. But their impatience is a clear sign that they appreciate the current impact of AI, as well as its vast potential for transforming many facets of healthcare, KPMG contended.