Google’s new AI ethics lead calls for more ‘diplomatic’ conversation

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Following months of inner conflict and opposition from Congress and thousands of Google employees, Google today announced that it will reorganize its AI ethics operations and place them in the hands of VP Marian Croak, who will lead a new responsible AI research and engineering center for expertise.

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Regulation is coming to the AI world— the only question is whether it is forced by us, or upon us…

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Data Scientists and AI practitioners in the near future will not only have to be well versed with the Engineering that goes into these applications, but also have to consider ethical, legal, and philosophical implications of these solutions.

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How to avoid ethical missteps by artificial intelligence

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Artificial intelligence has sometimes fallen into glaring and embarrassing errors. In the industry, you only have to mention the ‘gorilla case’ and everyone will understand that you are referring to the 2015 incident, when the Google Photos AI model providing a description to the images indicated two black people as ‘gorillas’. One of the people involved, developer Jacky Alciné, reported it on Twitter and Google apologised profusely…

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IBM researchers check AI bias with counterfactual text

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In our recent paper, “Generate Your Counterfactuals: Towards Controlled Counterfactual Generation for Text” accepted to AAAI 2021, we describe how our software, dubbed GYC, generates test cases to check the reliability of AI models. GYC can evaluate other AIs for accuracy, gender bias, and run a sensitivity analysis, as well as check a model’s adversarial robustness and its ability to cope with spurious correlations. It also verifies machine learning and natural language systems for trustworthiness.

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How enterprise AI use will grow in 2021: Predictions from our AI experts

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Among IT executives, leaders, experts and supporters in the field of AI, the opinions and insights vary widely. In this AI 2021 predictions roundup for EnterpriseAI readers, we have gathered the thoughts and comments from a sampling of our experts who shared their thoughts with us on the AI marketplace and coming innovations over the next year. Their conversations are intriguing.

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Top 5 AI implementation challenges and how your company could overcome them

Although corporate spending on artificial intelligence topped $50 billion last year, just 11% of companies that enhanced their workflows with AI have already seen a significant return on their investments. In this article, we’ll investigate business, technological, and ethical issues haunting AI projects — and provide several tips to seamlessly integrate Artificial Intelligence into your company’s Digital Transformation strategy.

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Google targets AI ethics lead Margaret Mitchell after firing Timnit Gebru

Google has revoked Ethical AI team leader Margaret “Meg” Mitchell’s employee privileges and is currently investigating her activity, according to a statement provided by a company spokesperson. Should Google fire Mitchell, it will mean the company has effectively chosen to behead its own AI ethics team in under two months.

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AI leaders make the most of the COVID-19 crisis to increase the role of AI

There is little doubt that COVID-19 has been the single most influential driver of our lives and livelihoods in 2020. The impact of the pandemic however has been very mixed for certain groups of society, certain industry sectors, certain companies and for certain technologies. Three key themes emerge around PwC’s Global Responsible AI survey, of over 1,000 C-level executives, conducted in November 2019.

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Incoming White House science and technology leader on AI, diversity, and society

Technologies like artificial intelligence and human genome editing “reveal and reflect even more about the complex and sometimes dangerous social architecture that lies beneath the scientific progress that we pursue,” said Dr. Alondra Nelson today as part of the introduction of the Biden administration science team. On Friday, the Biden transition team appointed Nelson to the position of OSTP deputy director for science and society. Biden will be sworn in Wednesday to officially become the 46th president of the United States.

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EU should regulate Artificial Intelligence to protect rights

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The last decade has seen an alarming proliferation of artificial intelligence (“AI”) to monitor protests, predict crime, and profile minorities, in ways that gravely threaten our human rights. The European Commission has pledged to develop groundbreaking regulation of these technologies that will “safeguard fundamental EU values and rights.” In a letter published this week, Human Rights Watch joined more than sixty civil society and rights groups to hold the commission to its word, urging decisive action to prevent abusive applications of AI.

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From whistleblower laws to unions: How Google’s AI ethics meltdown could shape policy

It’s been two weeks since Google fired Timnit Gebru, a decision that still seems incomprehensible. Gebru is one of the most highly regarded AI ethics researchers in the world, a pioneer whose work has highlighted the ways tech fails marginalized communities when it comes to facial recognition and more recently large language models.

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AI in Fintech, Technology and Academia is focus of Nascent U.S. Tech Council

Finding ways to bring AI more deeply into the business worlds of fintech, technology and academia is the mission of the new National Council for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI).

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Why AI can’t move forward without diversity, equity, and inclusion

The need to pursue racial justice is more urgent than ever, especially in the technology industry. The far-reaching scope and power of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) means that any gender and racial bias at the source is multiplied to the nth power in businesses and out in the world. The impact those technology biases have on society as a whole can’t be underestimated.

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Trump faces executive order lawsuit as critical race theory fuels AI research

Today, civil rights groups — including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund — filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on the grounds that a Trump executive order violates free speech rights and will “undermine efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

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Constructive ways to take power back from Big Tech

Facebook launched an independent oversight board and recommitted to privacy reforms this week, but after years of promises made and broken, nobody seems convinced that real change is afoot. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to decide shortly whether to sue Facebook, sources told the New York Times, following a $5 billion fine levied last year.

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The real business risks of ignoring diversity, equity, and inclusion in your AI strategy

Over the past few months, racially motivated violence across America has reawakened the world to the ongoing need to pursue racial justice in every arena. The technology industry especially has historically been slow in efforts to promote equality in the workforce — and the danger there is multiplied by the rise in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), arguably the most powerful, wide-reaching enterprise technologies today.

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Access Now resigns from Partnership on AI due to lack of change among tech companies

International digital and human rights organization Access Now has resigned in protest from the Partnership on AI (PAI), citing a lack of meaningful change on the part of businesses associated with the group and their failure to incoporate positions held by civil society organizations.

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