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Canada’s plans to use AI in immigration are risky and unethical, say Toronto human rights researchers

A report released in September 2018 titled “Bots at the Gate: A Human Rights Analysis of Automated Decision-Making in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee System” questions two proposed pilot projects that aim to integrate AI into immigration screening in Canada. Written by Petra Molnar and Lex Gill, human rights researchers at read more...

The real problem of AI won't be the power-crazed androids: it will be the biased algorithms

Stop worrying about The Matrix and start worrying about what happens when a bunch of middle-aged white men get to decide what’s fed to our AI technology. Fei Fei Li, the inventor of the ImageNet image recognition technology that became one of the fundamental building blocks of AI, recently warned that while the dangers of AI read more...

China's Xinhua news agency reveals world's first AI-powered news anchor

China’s Xinhua news agency just launched the world’s first AI-powered news anchor. Based on a real live news anchor, the AI version reads out the news while mimicking the voice and facial expressions of a real person. The AI news anchor can be kept busy around the clock working on Xinhua’s official website and various read more...

Global AI: China emerging as an AI superpower

Kai-Fu Lee, investor, former head of Google China and author of the book “AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order,” has warned the US it would do well to double its spending on AI research if it wants to keep pace with China, which has announced it plans on becoming the world leader in AI innovation by read more...

Microsoft warns Britain will fall behind if it doesn’t start seriously focusing on AI

In the poll, 51% of leaders reported their organisations were still missing an AI strategy. Despite 59% of workers demonstrating an interest, only 18% of workers were currently learning the skills required to adapt to a workplace with AI. This might be due to uncertainty on the part of employers on how to go about training read more...

The ethics of self-driving cars: MIT Moral Machine study results released

MIT recently released the results of its Moral Machine study. The experiment, which gathered data about 40 million decisions from participants in 233 countries, presented hypothetical scenarios where users were asked to judge whom a self-driving car should run over. Choices included old vs. young people, affluent vs. read more...

Why it works: The reasons behind the rise of crowdfunding

What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding refers to the practice of asking for modest financial contributions from a large pool of individuals in order to raise money for a given project.  Entrepreneurs appeal directly to the masses instead of relying on traditional investors such as banks, angel investors or large corporations. It’s a high-risk endeavour, and many […] read more...

Reframing the question of “good”: AI ethics as a human rights problem

A messy start We all know the risks of AI – if you need a quick overview, the recently published report on “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation” will lay them out for you.  In the report, the authors acknowledge the benefits, but stress the importance of recognizing the dual-use applications […] read more...

AI vs. AI: Is AI the solution to fighting deep fake news?

What is deep fake news? Deep fake news refers mainly to artificial audiovisual content – most notably videos and audio clips – that has been produced using machine learning and AI technology.  An example is the now-infamous deep fake video that supposedly portrays Barack Obama badmouthing Donald Trump.  The producers used AI to simulate Obama […] read more...

MIT’s “Moral Machine” helps users reflect on the ethical difficulties of AI decision-making

Moral Machine lays out different scenarios for users to interact with AI Think you have what it takes to play God?  MIT has a “Moral Machine” that allows you to submit decisions on potential ethical dilemmas, especially those faced by AI technology.  From self-driving cars to deep fake news, the Moral Machine makes it easy […] read more...