Why ethical A.I. is nonsense

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It is a well-known fact that systems built with A.I. technology are often showing unethical behavior. They can be racist, sexist, or otherwise biased. The problem are not the algorithms. They are just applied mathematics and therefore quite incorruptible. But the models built with these algorithms are trained using data created by humans. And this is where the bias comes from. Humans behave often unethical and is is therefore not surprising for A.I. to show corresponding behavior.

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Researchers find systems to counter deepfakes can be deceived

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Researchers have found that systems designed to counter the increasing prevalence of deepfakes can be deceived. The researchers, from the University of California – San Diego, first presented their findings at the WACV 2021 conference. Shehzeen Hussain, a UC San Diego computer engineering PhD student and co-author on the paper, said: “Our work shows that…

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How can the public sector use AI to identify fraud?

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Accountability and transparency are essential for public sector audits. The public sector is under a watchful eye to ensure finances are being managed ethically and appropriately, whilst also being responsible for providing early warnings of financial pressures or failures. Due to COVID measures, there is currently a huge volume of funds being distributed to individuals…

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Google is leaking AI talent following ethicist’s controversial firing

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Some high-profile AI experts have departed Google after the controversial firing of leading ethicist Timnit Gebru. Gebru was fired from Google after criticising the company’s practices in an email following a dispute over a paper she was told not to publish which questioned whether language models can be too big and whether they can increase…

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Learning the lessons of the past to fast-forward to the future of work

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If you take a keen interest in technology and the economy, you may well have come across the term ‘fourth industrial revolution’ recently. This moniker has become a common label for the current period in which intelligent technologies such as AI, automation and robotics are becoming commonplace in our daily lives, and completely changing the…

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NHS will use AI to improve COVID-19 treatment and shorten hospital stays

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The UK’s NHS (National Health Service) will use AI to help improve the outcome for COVID-19 patients and reduce their time spent in hospital. While the UK’s vaccine rollout is among the fastest in the world – certainly in comparison to its European peers – a series of late lockdowns and initial lack of PPE…

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Possible impacts of Artificial Intelligence on society

The concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is almost as old as the field of modern computer sciences. From the early days in the late 1950s to the shape it has transformed into, computer scientists have inspired, and at times, bamboozled humankind with its seemingly infinite capabilities. Having said that, it seems that there is hardly any field in computer sciences that has remained so misunderstood as AI, the general comprehension of the layman is generally mixed: precisely 34% according to the Department of Technological Policy Management.

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Facebook is developing a news-summarising AI called TL;DR

Facebook is developing an AI called TL;DR which summarises news into shorter snippets. Anyone who’s spent much time on the web will know what TL;DR stands for⁠—but, for everyone else, it’s an acronym for “Too Long, Didn’t Read”. It’s an understandable sentiment we’ve all felt at some point. People lead busy lives. Some outlets now…

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EU human rights agency issues report on AI ethical considerations

The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has issued a report on AI which delves into the ethical considerations which must be made about the technology. FRA’s report is titled Getting The Future Right and opens with some of the ways AI is already making lives better—such as helping with cancer diagnosis, and even predicting…

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Former NHS surgeon creates AI ‘virtual patient’ for remote training

A former NHS surgeon has created an AI-powered “virtual patient” which helps to keep skills sharp during a time when most in-person training is on hold. Dr Alex Young is a trained orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who founded Virti and set out to use emerging technologies to provide immersive training for both new healthcare professionals… Read more »
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Google fires ethical AI researcher Timnit Gebru after critical email

A leading figure in ethical AI development has been fired by Google after criticising the company. Timnit Gebru is considered a pioneer in the field and researched the risks and inequalities found in large language models. Gebru claims she was fired by Google over an unpublished paper and sending an email critical of the company’s…

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AI helps patients to get more rest while reducing staff workload

A team from Feinstein Institutes for Research thinks AI could be key to helping patients get more rest while reducing the burden on healthcare staff. Everyone knows how important adequate sleep is for recovery. However, patients in pain – or just insomniacs like me – can struggle to get the sleep they need. “Rest is…

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IBM study highlights rapid uptake and satisfaction with AI chatbots

A study by IBM released this week highlights the rapid uptake of AI chatbots in addition to increasing customer satisfaction. Most of us are hardwired to hate not speaking directly to a human when we have a problem—following years of irritating voicemail systems. However, perhaps the only thing worse is being on hold for an…

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IBM’s latest AI predicts Alzheimer’s better than standard tests

IBM has developed a new AI model which predicts the onset of Alzheimer’s better than standard clinical tests. The AI is designed to be non-invasive and uses a short language sample from a verbal cognitive test given to a patient. Using this sample, the AI model is able to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s with…

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Microsoft’s new AI auto-captions images for the visually impaired

A new AI from Microsoft aims to automatically caption images in documents and emails so that software for visual impairments can read it out. Researchers from Microsoft explained their machine learning model in a paper on preprint repository arXiv. The model uses VIsual VOcabulary pre-training (VIVO) which leverages large amounts of paired image-tag data to…

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Facebook uses AI to help people support each other

Facebook has deployed an AI system which matches people needing support with local heroes offering it. “United we stand, divided we fall” is a clichéd saying—but tackling a pandemic is a collective effort. While we’ve all seen people taking selfish actions, they’ve been more than balanced out by those helping to support their communities. Facebook…

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