Ethics

Ethical problems and questions surrounding AI

New AI text generator deemed not safe for public release

In a surprising twist, Elon Musk-backed company OpenAI has decided its new AI text generator is so good, it’s not safe for public release.  The decision is in line with concerns over the ethics of AI which have been voiced by many prominent scientists and other experts in recent years. read more...

Smart surveillance: The ethical problems of improved computer vision

As costs go down and intelligent neural networks become much more accessible, AI-powered surveillance in public places is becoming more and more common. Convolutional neural networks (CNNs), which work under the assumption that the input fed to them consists of images, have been trained carry out tasks like facial recognition read more...

EU High-Level Expert Group calls for input on AI Ethics Guidelines

The European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG) recently published the draft of their AI Ethics Guidelines.  The AI HLEG is accepting feedback from European AI Alliance stakeholders on the draft guidelines until January 18, 2019.  The final version will be presented to the European Commission in March 2019 and read more...

World Economic Forum report finds gender gap in AI

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its Global Gender Gap Report this week and the results are worrying. In collaboration with LinkedIn, the WEF found that just 22% of AI professionals worldwide are female, a gender gap which has been constant over the last few years and doesn’t look set to change in the imminent future. Moreover read more...

Recycling robots: Using AI to solve one of the world’s biggest problems

Humans are bad at recycling. Even those of us who try our best often get confused when our trash is made of multiple components, and much of the recycling that ends up in recycling plants can’t be recycled because it’s too dirty with food or liquids. This means that once our “recycling” gets shipped to a recycling plant, human workers read more...

Fairness tools and explainable AI: Companies start to invest in the ethics of AI

The neural networks that make up AI are known for being “black boxes” that are so opaque they restrict our ability to understand what factors went into a decision. As accountability and explainability become increasingly important in this digital age, a company’s reputation stands to suffer enormously if their algorithms are shown to be biased read more...

Two-thirds of experts believe AI will make humans better off overall, finds Pew study

A study conducted by Pew this summer gathered interviews from 979 technology experts including innovators, developers, policy and business leaders, researchers, activists and other pioneers regarding the future of AI. Participants were asked to opine on how our increasing dependence on networked artificial intelligence would affect read more...

Humans should merge with AI to avoid being overtaken, says Elon Musk

In a recent HBO interview with Axios co-founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Elon Musk said he believed it will be necessary for humans to merge with AI.  Calling on the analogy of what humans have done to other primates, reducing their populations and forcing them to live in cages, he warned that as AI gets smarter, it will eventually overtake biological intelligence and gain the potential to destroy humanity. read more...

Ethical uproar as Chinese scientist creates world’s first gene-edited babies

A professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China recently announced he has succeeded in creating the world’s first genetically altered babies.  The project was carried out while He Jiankui was on unpaid leave from the university, who claim they were not aware of his research. read more...

Affective computing and the emotion economy: "Trust" takes on a whole new meaning

The futurist Richard Yonck first coined the term “emotion economy” to describe the network of emotionally intelligent devices that is revolutionizing the technological world as we know it – and with it, the way we conduct business. Emotional data is becoming an essential tool in creating more effective advertising and forging read more...