×

We've got news for you.

Register on Sunday Times at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

Not intelligent: AI racism too dangerous to ignore

Ideas

Not intelligent: AI racism too dangerous to ignore

Without diversity of developers, AI could, among other things, ‘obliterate people out of virtual existence’

Columnist

Digital technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), which has become an integral part of our lives, can reinforce racism and undermine human rights and personal safety. It needs greater regulatory oversight, increased supervision and more accountability from technology companies to reduce its negative impact.

AI, a pillar of the data economy, brings together algorithms and computing power, allowing machines to perform decision-making, object-recognition and problem-solving functions.

It can protect the rights, security and access to public services of citizens. However, the asymmetric algorithmic decision-making of AI can also be harmful to them. It is increasingly clear that certain AI algorithms used to predict human behaviour can display racial, gender and xenophobic bias, resulting in safety and liability concerns with AI systems...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times Daily subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times Daily content.

Sunday Times Daily

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Next Article